Spending anywhere from 8-9 hours at your desk in a day while your rear end makes an everlasting imprint into the chair is not how I’d want to describe my job.
Spending anywhere from 8-9 hours at your desk in a day while your rear end makes an everlasting imprint into the chair is not how I’d want to describe my job. Instead of creating a rear end mold, here are some exercises that you can do right at your desk while reading those emails.
What We Do.
Here at Pekin Insurance, employees get two 15-minute breaks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, plus a 30-minute lunch. What people do on their breaks ranges from reading a book to a large number of people walking the parking lot when the weather is nice. Now I know you’re thinking, a bunch of people walking the parking lot in their heels and dress clothes? That seems odd. That is not the case, though. Many individuals bring tennis shoes or flip-flops to make a couple rounds about the parking lot. Fifteen minutes may not seem long enough to walk around the parking lot, but it is just enough time to get some fresh air and then return to your desk refreshed and ready to do work again. This is a creative way individuals have found to stay active while at work. However, when the weather is bad, then other methods must be used like exercises at your desk.
You just need to move your rear end, not your legs. As you type away answering emails, too busy to get up and move, spend some time squeezing your glutes (aka your rear end) and hold for 5-10 seconds. It may be a small movement, but every little bit counts and it is hardly noticeable to a bystander.
A Helping Hand.
Sit up straight in your chair with your feet flat on the floor, then put your hands together like you’re shaking your own hand, with one thumb to the ceiling and one to the floor. Then pull with all you’ve got, resisting the motion of both arms and working those biceps. Hold for a few seconds, release, and then repeat.
Give it a Shrug.
Simply moving your shoulders can get your body out of the tense, hunched position you’ve been sitting in. Push both shoulders up towards your ears, hold for a few seconds, then release, and repeat. Just working muscles even in small amounts can make a world of a difference and get your blood flowing.
Feel the Burn.
Engage your core by sitting in a chair on wheels and extending yourself an arm’s length away from the desk. Then lift your feet off the ground slightly, and tighten your core as you pull yourself into the desk. Repeat as many times as necessary.
Do a Little Swing.
Sit at your desk and lift your feet off the ground slightly, tighten your core, then with your hands holding the desk, swivel your chair to left and right. You want to resist the motion with your core using those muscles that have been idle.
Overall, it is hard to be active when you’re at work, stuck at a desk, with a pile of tasks a mile high. However, doing these small exercises will get your blood moving and muscles contracting, which helps you feel more awake. Every little bit helps, so don’t be discouraged from trying it out.