The Benefits of Exercising at Your Desk
It’s no secret by now that office jobs are terrible news from a health perspective. Issues such as back problems or repetitive strain injury have become more common than ever in our office-based economy. More of us are also experiencing things like repetitive strain injury and even eye problems.
These issues should come as no surprise when you consider the nature of an office job. While work was once a physical undertaking, we’re now stagnant and absorbed in blue light from 9 in the morning until bedtime. When you consider that, it’s surprising that issues aren’t happening on an even broader scale than they are.
Still, enough of us are experiencing issues to address this. And, many of us choose to do so by exercising at our desks. It may seem strange, but many office workers are getting into the habit of doing a few quick stretches in the office. Even five minutes of this every hour can have a positive impact on your working day. Find out how below.
Reduce the risks
Quick desk workouts go a long, long way towards reducing the risks we mentioned above. Simple things like circling your wrists could almost entirely remove the risk of repetitive injuries. Looking away from the screen is also fantastic news for the condition of your eyes. And, of course, standing up and stretching your back can go a long way towards preventing a visit to the spine doctor anytime soon. The chance to stand on a regular basis even removes the risks of things blood clots due to a lack of movement. In short; even small efforts towards exercise can take a huge weight off your working mind.
A mental break
Talking of your mind, desk exercise can also work wonders for your mental health. We all know that feeling of overwhelming stress when we’ve been focusing on a project for too long. It can cause anxiety so severe that we aren’t able to think straight. It makes total sense that taking a mental break during your exercises will make some difference. To get the most of this, get into the habit of turning away from your computer screen when you get going. Then, spend the workout focusing on your body rather than the task at hand. That way, you return refreshed and ready to go.
An opportunity for bonding
Of course, desk exercise would be rather embarrassing if you were the only one doing it. Don’t fear though, because this leads onto our last benefit. Getting the whole office to join in with you on this could offer a whole new chance to bond with your team. That’s fantastic news in an office where you all remain relatively isolated. Given that many professionals claim that loneliness is as bad for our health as smoking. The chance to socialize during your working day could make a massive difference to your health and happiness in your workplace.
Sitting for most of the day presents a number of health risks and concerns. Even five minutes of brief exercise and stretching can make a big difference in your overall health. Aim for a five minute break every hour if you can. Your body will thank you!
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