We’ve all found excuses not to exercise at one point or another. One common excuse used by many is that they are ‘too busy’. Another excuse is that they’re ‘too tired’ to exercise, especially after work. But for those who are fond of making excuses not to exercise, this one’s for you: you can still do a bit of stretching and strengthening your muscles whilst you are in the office. And, mind you, these exercises need not be too difficult, either. As they say, every little bit helps – and if you can do some minor exercising whilst at the office, then all the better for your health.
The top exercises you can do at the office
- Jumping jacks
If you have a few minutes to spare whilst you’re at the office, you can always do some jumping jacks. If you are not a veteran at exercising, you can do the low-impact kind. Simply raise your left arm whilst simultaneously tapping your right toe to one side. Make sure to keep your left foot steady on the floor. Repeat the process on the other side.
- Run in place
Another fun and easy yet stimulating exercise you can do would be to run in place. If you’ve ever watched American football, you know what we’re talking about when it comes to football drills. Do the same for about one minute and make sure your knees are way up.
- Do some hopping
As a child, you may have enjoyed a game or two of skipping. What you can do in the office is a similar version to the game of your childhood: hop on your right foot first, then your left, or, if you feel up to it, you can hop on both your feet at the same time.
Walking is always good for us, but if you can’t do any walking outside the office due to the weather or some other reason, you can always do some brisk walking at work. Look for a vacant room or hallway and do some brisk walking for a few minutes.
Another easy exercise you can do whilst at your desk is lunges. Stand up and bend your left knee whilst keeping your right leg straight in front of you. Keep the position for a few seconds, then repeat the process on the other side.
Before you do your exercises, though, make sure you do some minor stretching first. The stretching will also relieve tension in your back, neck, and shoulders. Once you’re done with your office and desk exercises, you can compensate your efforts with a fun and relaxing game of online bingo, a small snack, or a tea or coffee break.