Mini office workouts

Employee talking on the phonePosted on July 13, 2011

For those of us who work at a desk all day and then go home to sit on the couch in front of the TV all night, it's easy to slip into a sedentary lifestyle. Experts suggest getting up from your desk every half hour to stretch, take a walk and give your eyes a break from the computer.

Sometimes it's hard to tear yourself away from the e-mails, phone calls and deadlines, but here are two exercises that you can seamlessly slip into your workday. Your body will thank you!

That daily elevator ride to your next meeting? Sure it saves time, but it’s not much of a calorie burner!

Take the stairs.

  • You can burn up to 10 calories a minute climbing stairs.
  • You will get those leg muscles in shape.

Calling your coworker who works down the hall? You might think picking up the phone is an exercise, especially when you don’t want to make the call, but a phone-lift really isn’t a muscle-strengthening exercise.

Take a walk.

  • Wear a pedometer and challenge yourself to increase your steps.
  • An average of 6,000 and 10,000 steps a day is considered "active."

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The information written about in this blog is not intended to be medical advice. Please seek care from a medical professional when you have a health concern.