The media frequently reminds us that we are the least physically fit generation in, well, forever. Eating processed foods, drinking sugary beverages, and general laziness all contribute to this. But one factor we tend to overlook is how the workforce has changed.
Human beings have not spent millennia sitting at desks inside of cubicles. The hunted, they farmed, and, as a result, they moved a lot. Even once we became industrialized, jobs still relied on physical labor to get things done. But now the majority of jobs are sedentary, so if you want to get or stay fit, you will need to figure out how to incorporate physical activity into your workday. Below are a few exercises you can do at your desk to stay active and healthy.
Leg lifts are a simple exercise that you can easily do while multi-tasking. Simply extend your leg in front of you, raising and lowering it while keeping it as straight as possible; when you raise it, hold your leg in position for 3-5 seconds before lowering it. Complete 15 repetitions with each leg and do this as often as you can throughout the day.
Everyone is all about doing squats, and since they do not require a lot of space to do, you can easily do them inside of your office. If you are feeling a bit shy, consider saving these for when the rest of the workers are on lunch break. You could also do them right as you arrive in the morning to get a great start on your day. Do as many as you feel comfortable with and look online to find different types of squats you can do.
You might not want to drop down to the ground to do a standard pushup in the office—and the space of your cubical might not allow for it, either. As an alternative, lean against the wall at an angle that is comfortable for you and push yourself out, then lower yourself back towards the wall. Try to do 20 at a time to start and work yourself up to more reps.
Have you considered exercises you can do at your desk as a way that you can become more physically fit?