So you love your job? It’s interesting, challenging and rewarding; but did you know that it’s also hazardous to your health? Offices are made to require lesser movement which means considerable weight gain. Besides increasing weight, desk jobs also increase the strain on your back, wrists, eyes and neck, and can result in a general loss of muscle tone. Not to forget the stress that a regular desk job brings.
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To combat the adverse effects of this 9-to-5 routine, it’s important to be active through exercise. But when can you find the time? Workplace workouts can help you make the most of your limited time. For your company’s benefit, squeezing in a little exercise regimen improves concentration and actually makes you more productive. But just in case you feel awkward to be stretching and bending at work, here are some moves you can do secretly:
Slowly tilt your head to one side and hold on for 10 seconds, repeat on the other side. Do each side twice.
Loosen up your shoulders, and rotate them forward in a circular motion. Do this thrice. Now rotate them backwards thrice. This is one rep; do three reps while sitting straight.
Stretch your arms out in front of you and make fists. Keeping your elbows straight rotate your wrists in a clockwise motion 10 times, and repeat in an anti-clockwise motion.
Sit straight on your chair in a 90-90-90 angle and lift one leg off the ground (an inch should suffice). Start rolling the ankle clockwise and anti-clockwise, 10 times each. Repeat with the other leg.
Hold one foot off the floor with your leg straight. Flex your ankle pointing your toes up, and extend your ankle pointing your toes down until you feel a nice stretch. Repeat 10 times with the other leg
Put your hands behind your head, interlocking your fingers. Sit straight in your chair and try to touch your elbows together in front of you. Lean back on your chair into a stretch as you do this. Wait for a few seconds and release. Do 2-3 reps.
Stick a printout of these exercises on your desk or copy paste them on a digital sticky note; so that you’ll remember to do them everyday!