Article by Emily Bennett
Let’s be real here. Not everyone has time in their day to go to the gym after work or on their break. Demanding lives lead to our time being given up for other, more important things, like a job. Luckily, the state of our health doesn’t have to go with it.
As most people know, standing around all day at a workstation can be tiring. Standing there for hours on end in your slip-resistant shoes without really getting to move your legs can be even more tiring, and painful on top of that.
So while you’re just standing there at your workstation waiting to finish a task, why not add some exercises to help pass the time? You may even find that it helps you to stay focused and add some spunk to your step. Not to mention, if you are more focused and alert, you will be less likely to have a slip and fall accident. Here are a few exercises to help keep you on the balls of your feet throughout the workday:
- Pop a Squat: Keep your back straight and slowly bend down, imagining that you’re sitting down in a chair. When your thighs are parallel to the floor, return back up to standing position and repeat again.
- Raise Your Calves: Have both of your feet flat on the floor and then begin to stand on your tippy-toes. Hold this move for three seconds and then return to normal position, repeating it as many times as you please.
- Pushing those Pushups: Plant your hands on the edge your station, shoulder-width apart. Stretch your legs out behind you, lower your chest to the desk, and just push up.
- Marching in Your Place: You can burn up to 225 calories just from marching or pacing in place for around an hour. Movement like this can also stimulate brain activity, so you’ll be good to go when it comes to being productive AND energetic.
- Get a Good Shoulder Stretch: Stretch one arm across your chest, and reach your other arm under and in front of it (don’t just half do it!) . Pull your arms close to your chest and hold right there in place. Then, just reverse the stretch and repeat again.
By doing these exercises, you’re saving your body a headache in the long run. Believe it or not, research shows that by just doing 30 minutes of exercise a day can help fix pain caused from standing for long periods of time.
So do your body a favor and get to work on starting some of these exercises, even if that means doing them in your slip resistant work shoes. You’ll feel better about yourself, and you might even pick up some compliments along the way. Remember, a healthy body leads to a more happy and healthy you (and a better effort made on the job!).
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