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WORK HARD. WORKOUT HARDER. AT YOUR WORKPLACE.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A MULTI-TASKING EMPLOYEE
Busy in those morning meetings, boardroom discussions, client calls and brainstorming sessions? Not to forget, the time that goes into writing emails, reports and commuting. Sure, our lifestyle has never been more hectic even with all that technology around us.
EXERCISE AND GYM, ARE YOU KIDDING?
Exercising or heading to the gym might seem to be an alien concept to you but who said you always need a gym to work out. Plenty of health experts have said that just 30 minutes of any physical activity can cut down your risk of hypertension, stroke or cardiac arrest drastically. That’s extremely important as these diseases are on the rise in India.
WORKOUT AT YOUR VERY OWN WORKPLACE
Did you know there’s a gym right at your workplace? Yes, your office desk, chair and cubicles are good enough to keep you in shape. Here’s what you need to do:
CAN’T STRETCH DEADLINES? STRETCH YOUR BODY
With such busy schedules, we often stretch our work hours, butnot our bodies. Stretching helps to improve the blood circulation and increase flexibility of our joints. Here are a few ways to go about it:
- Stick your neck out: Rotate your neck clockwise and anti-clockwise in a circular motion. Do at least 5 to 10 sets. This improves blood circulation and prevents spondylitis, which happens if you sit for far too long on your chair.
- Shake a leg: No,don’t dance around but stretching your legs. It’s fairly simple. All you got to do is to sit on your chair and extend your legs all out and rotate your ankles. Pointyour toes towards you for 5 to 10 seconds. This improves blood circulation in the legs as sitting sedentary can cramp your legs and take a toll on your joints.
WALK THE TALK
We understand client calls can be long. Why not make them exciting by talking and walking around the office. You can seal the deal as well as burn those all-important calories.
PUSH THE LIMITS
Your office chair was not just meant for work. It is a great tool for pushups. It is especially useful for those who have knee and back issues. Put your legs on the chair and put your hands on the floor (approximately shoulder width) and do around 10 to 15 pushups. Get done with 4 to 5 sets and you are pretty much sorted. Pushups work on various muscle groups in the upper body like chest, shoulders and triceps. They also improve blood circulation.
TAKE THE STAIRWAY TO GOOD HEALTH
Remember the classic Led Zeppelin song – Stairway to Heaven. No, we are not telling you to go to heaven but you can take the stairs at your workplace as they can be quite heavenly for your health. Did you know you can burn more than 100 calories by taking the stairs several times a day? On the contrary, you lose only 2 calories in an escalator. Proves that escalator pretty much de-escalates your health.
MEET THE HIT SQUAT
Squats are a hit when it comes to working out as it an excellent exercise for your lower body. It strengthens your core, and tones your lower body muscles at the same time. And the best part, the exercise can be done anytime, anywhere at your workplace. Start by standing with your feet and shoulders aligned in width. Next, hold your office chair or cubicle wall and bend your knees and hips approximately to the height of your knees. Then return to the standing position. Do 5 sets by squatting 8 to 10 times.
Now that you know these tips and tricks, are you ready for your new fitness challenge at your workplace?
Remember this mantra, Work hard. Workout harder at your workplace.