“It’s important to get up and move around throughout the day. Exercise not only helps with how you feel physically, but it also improves your mind and your memory.”” says Julia Henderson-Kalb, a Saint Louis University occupational therapist. “
While it’s not always feasible to hit the gym at lunchtime, some small changes to your routine can add up quickly to make a positive impact your health.
Henderson-Kalb suggests these simple habits to help you increase your daily activity in a substantial way.
• Sit on an exercise ball instead of a chair. You’ll strengthen your abdominal and back muscles and improve your posture.
• Set an alarm to go off every hour to remind yourself to stand up and stretch. Get in the habit of walking around your office while you talk on the phone.
• Always take the stairs and use the restrooms on another floor.
• Park far away from the entrance to your office building. Wear a pedometer and aim to get 6,000-10,000 steps per day.
• Bring your lunch to work. Not only is it less expensive and can be healthier, but you’ll leave time in your day to take a lunchtime walk or exercise break.
• Bring light weights or exercise bands to the office and build an exercise routine into your day. Follow this link for specific exercises and a demonstration.
To hear more about the importance of avoiding sedentary work days, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iz35RPBQlyI&feature=related