It’s commonly known that sitting for too many hours each day will lead to weight gain, but the full effects that this has on the body are less acknowledged by the public. One study concluded that obese people tend to sit for 2.5 more hours a day than those leaner, contributing to diabetes, bowel cancer, and an increased risk for cardiovascular disease. If you’re looking to counteract the effects that sitting for too long has on your body to stay fit, read on to make the most of the time spent at your desk.
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- Make your morning commute a mini-workout.
Walking and biking to work may be reasonable for those working within a few miles of their homes, but for those living a little further out, park your car in the furthest corner of the park or a few office buildings over. For those that take public transport, get off one or two stops before your destination to maximize your movement.
- Take the stairs.
It’s advisable to take the stairs as this will make you feel fresh before and after the job. Sound too easy for you? Try taking double steps and feel those glutes burn.
- Challenge yourself to drink at least 2 litres of water throughout the workday.
Wafter if life vice versa so Put markings on your water bottle to have a certain amount drank by 10 am, followed by 12 pm, 2 pm, you get the idea.
- Perform simple exercises
Set a timer to perform simple exercises while sitting at your desk a few times per day. Try some seated leg raises, chair tricep dips, and oblique twists to engage your muscles.
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- Maintain proper posture throughout the day.
Developing the bad habit of shoulder slump over your desk will tension in your back, neck, and shoulders. Keep your body strong and healthy for your future by establishing good posture.
- Make the most of your lunch break.
Whether it be taking a long walk outside, or making use of your office’s gym facilities – take