Exercise Tips for Office Workers

August 25, 2017 in STSMPT

The Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise for optimum health. This can seem quite a daunting task to achieve if you work a sedentary job. However, it’s important to try. A recent study published by the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine shows that office workers who did not meet the exercise recommendation were twice as likely to develop metabolic syndrome. This means a higher likelihood of developing high blood pressure, obesity, and cardiovascular disease.

Luckily, there are some simple ways to fit exercise into your daily routine. One way is to wake up a few minutes earlier and work in a warm up routine. It doesn’t have to be extensive. Five to ten minutes a morning could get 35-70 minutes of exercise added to your weekly total. Simple exercises such as lunges, pushups, and wall sits are good for warming up in the morning. You can also take small one-minute breaks throughout your work day to do one small bit of exercise. One hour you could take a minute to do squats or wall sits and the next to do leg lifts in your chair. Assuming you work an average 8 to 10-hour work day, that’s an extra forty to fifty minutes of exercise a week. Doing it this way makes it so that you are active all day long and don’t get sweaty enough to be unpresentable at work. It also helps you stealthily sneak in more exercise minutes.

If you have health conditions that may limit your ability to exercise or a specific pain you are trying to combat, feel free to schedule a consultation to customize a safe and effective routine.

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