Staying Active At Work: Exercises You Can Do At Your Desk

Using your desk job as an excuse not to exercise? Not anymore!

Health and fitness have been a big part of my life for years now.

Something about having kids makes you want to do whatever you can to live longer.

A few years ago, I started an at-home workout routine. I’ve continued with it off and on ever since. Now, let’s be clear. I’m not a health nut or gym rat. I love junk food as much as the next guy or gal. Sometimes I work out, sometimes I don’t.

I spend the majority of my work day sitting in front of my computer, writing. I exercise as much as I can, but some weeks it’s not enough. A few months ago, something happened. My work schedule started filling up. That’s great for business. Not great for my workout routine.

I’ve been doing way more sitting, and it shows.

So, I’ve decided to pick back up where I left off. I’m going to get off my bum and stay active. It’s not ALL about the weight-loss. Working out just makes me feel better. From the inside out.

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Why is exercise such a big deal?

 

You'll have a healthy heart.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US. What’s worse than that? Heart problems account for 1 in 4 deaths in the U.S. Pretty scary, huh?

Staying active can reduce your risk of heart-related problems. All you need is 2 hours of strenuous activity a week to keep your heart healthy.

Get ready to get focused. 

When that two-o-clock slump sets in, it may be time to get up and move around. Exercise works by increasing blood flow to different parts of your body. One of which is the brain. With more blood pumping to your memory maker, you’ll notice more mental clarity and focus. Your boss will notice too.

More energy.

Something else that can happen with all that blood pumping around is all the energy you’ll have. You may not be crazy energetic right away. It can take a couple weeks before you’ll notice your energy levels increase. Exercise helps you sleep better too! Another reason you’ll feel energetic and ready to take on the day.

Rev up your metabolism.

Your metabolism is how your body breaks down what you eat and drink into energy. Your body uses this energy to perform natural functions and get rid of extra fat. You might feel extra hungry once your metabolism revs up. Stick to healthy snacks so you don't pack on the pounds your body is losing.

Exercise to boost your mood.

Do you ever wonder why people who work out always seem to be in a good mood? It’s all about the exercise. The next time you workout think about how you feel afterward. Some studies have shown that the more you work out, the less likely you are to experience depression. This doesn’t mean you need to lift 500 pounds to feel happy. Try taking a walk around the block to lift your spirits.

 

Try this workout to get the blood pumping!

Don't let a desk job stop you from being active. Sitting for hours at a time can make you feel stiff and dull. This cubicle workout is a great way to get your blood pumping.

You can even do the steps while answering emails. Multi-tasking at its finest!

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As you can see, there are many benefits to exercise. A heart that is healthy, weight-loss, and more energy. Who wouldn’t want that? Don’t let a desk job keep you from being active. You might get a few awkward stares at first, but they're just jealous!

If you have a desk job, how do you stay active?