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Office Exercises – Colonial Craft Kitchens, Inc.

Office Exercise

It’s Monday afternoon and yawns are running-a-rampant amongst us designers here at Colonial Craft Kitchens. The level of exhaustion being displayed sparked a lengthy conversation about personal health in an office setting. Although our hands are constantly busy clicking and typing away, it’s not quite the amount of exercise needed to keep those yawns away. It’s not all about being tired, though.

Did you know that sitting close to 8 hours a day, 5 days a week is actually detrimental to your health? Studies show that a sedentary lifestyle, a lifestyle that is commonly linked to the average office worker, long periods of sitting are linked to cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, just to name a few. Not the greatest news to start out your week… However, there are tons of ways that you can combat that desk-bound lifestyle! A little research on a variety of health websites revealed many small, desk-side exercises. Below are our top 5, simple exercises!

5. Stress Ball Knee Squeeze:

This exercise is the easiest and least noticeable exercise you can perform at your desk. You will need some sort of stress ball. Start in a seated position, place your feet flat on the floor directly below your knees, place your stress ball between your knees and squeeze. Hold this position for 3o seconds and repeat 5 times. This exercise works your inner thighs and pelvic muscles all without anyone knowing!

4. Seated Salsa:

Although the name implies food, its definitely not. An easy exercise that allows you to stay seated, the seated salsa is performed by elevating your foot or both of your feet off of the ground, then proceeding to break out your best, seated dance moves. You’ll probably get some stares from co-workers, but it’s totally worth it!

3. Apple Squeeze:

Your back muscles have a lot to do with overall back comfort. A tight back created by sitting with poor posture can cause uncomfortable nerve damage. You can exercise your upper back by pinching your shoulder blades together and pretending to hold an apple between them. Hold this position for 10-15 seconds and repeat 20 times.

2. Tip-Toe Calf Raises:

Studies have also shown that sitting for extended periods of time has the ability to invite blood clots in your legs. Start this exercise standing up with your shoes off. Slowly roll your weight forward and push your toes downward to put your weight on your toes. Slowly roll back down to flat feet, then continue back onto your heels. This exercise promotes blood flow in your muscle tissues which helps in the prevention of blood clots.

1. Rolling Desk Chair Core Exercise:

This exercise received our number one seal of approval, not only because it is really fun, but it is super effective. If you are fortunate enough to have a rolling desk chair, this workout is a winner. Firmly grasp the edge of your desk, elevate your legs so they aren’t touching the ground, then slowly push yourself backwards, followed by pulling yourself forward until your abdomen touches your desk. It not only works your abdominal muscles, but it works your upper body as well.

This said, stay fit while working hard!


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