The average working adult spends 6 hours a day seated behind a desk for 5 consecutive days a week.
Most of us find it hard to get time for physical fitness during normal work days due to our busy schedules.
However, staying active at work can be possible by incorporating short work out routines through the entire day.
You just need to get up from your chair from time to time and do short fitness routines that are not only fun, but helpful for your overall health.
Here are 5 key benefits of staying active at work:
1. Sustained energy during the entire day
Do you constantly get tired half way through the work day? It's probably because you're staying in the same position during the entire day.
Staying active by doing random physical exercises like stretching out, taking the stairs to get to another office or just simply standing can make a huge difference to your workday.
These random exercises and tasks can boost your energy levels and enable you to be more productive while in the office.
2. Less stress
Most working adults have a tendency of having high stress levels as a result of their work routines.
Doing the same thing over and over again can be a stress inducer especially if your work environment is intense in nature.
Staying active and doing regular exercise allows your body to release both physical and emotional tensions and helps you to avoid stress related health conditions like hypertension.
3. Weight control
Weight control is a major issue in today’s work environment.
More companies are trying to incorporate healthy fitness routines in order to ensure that their employees can be able to stay fit and control their body weight.
It's harder trying to lose weight so you’d better keep a tag on your weight by doing regular exercises during the day.
4. Improved moods
Studies show that exercise usually has an effect of improving a person’s mood.
If you work in an environment where you are in constant contact with clients, it is recommended to take small active breaks from your chair.
This will allow you to maintain a like-able mood during the entire day.
5. Accomplishment and improved confidence
Staying active at work has a way of boosting your self-confidence.
Many people who successfully engage in workouts during the day always have a sense of accomplishment.
This is because they have proven to themselves that they can attain a certain level of physical fitness.
If you are excited about the benefits of regular exercises in the workplace and are wondering about where to start off from, here are a few examples that can take you off on your journey to a healthier and more productive you.
These routines only require a chair or a wall to achieve and you don't have to buy anything else.
1. Stretch exercises – You can move around the office instead of having to send internal emails to your work mates. In the process you can start stretching your body from the head downwards i.e. neck, hands, waist, thighs and ankles.
2. Upper body exercises – Some of the routines for this are wall push-ups and chair dips.
3. Lower body exercises – You can do back leg raises and side leg raises as well as knee curls.
You can also stand on one foot for leg balance and alternate after a few counts.
These are just some of the many exercises that you can do on limited space while in the office.
However, it is also good to incorporate other physical activities into your daily routine such as taking the staircase, eating healthy and taking lunch breaks away from the office.