Now that the Olympics are over and the sport fever is beginning to run from our systems, many office workers will go back to work and continue their old habits. While we still have some form of an active mentality, maybe we should look at the way we work, sit in our office desk and how we compose ourselves at our office desks.
Office workers often feel that with the increase in workload and stress, they are far too busy at work to exercise. With longer hours being forced upon us, having the time to make sure that we exercise has become a major issue. Fitnut is an Aberdeen based office wellbeing company that try to help employees exercise during the working day whilst sitting on their office desk on their office chair. Managing director Penny McIntosh has a few tips for turning your office desk and other office furniture in a gym. For the lower part of your body, sit up straight in your chair and extend one leg straight out in front of you. Hold this position for a few seconds and then raise the leg up as fair as you can and hold for another few seconds. Do this with each of your legs 15 times. For the upper part of your body, if your desk is strong enough, place your palms on the edge of your desk approximately a shoulder width apart and lower your chest to the edge of the desk.
Then push back up effectively performing a press up on the edge of your desk. Repeat this motion 20 times. Finally you will need to do some floor exercises. There are plenty of places around the office that you can do this, for example an empty meeting room or even under your desk. Exercises can range from press ups, abdominal curls and squats and lunges. By taking the time to leave your desk and swivel chair 2-3 times a day, we are sure that you will feel less stressed and healthier. It may even make you feel that you want to exercise more outside of work.