Friday, February 1, 2013

Four Easy Exercises You Can Do on Your Lunch Break

Many jobs these days require long hours staring at a computer, while sitting down in a cramped cubicle. There’s no way around it; this has become a common setting for the American workplace. While this type of work isn’t necessarily “dangerous” it does come with health risks.

Part of making sure you remain healthy is getting outside during your lunch break and doing some simple exercises. Even just going for a brisk walk will mean get your blood flowing while you enjoy some fresh air. In addition to doing some easy exercises, you’ll want to make sure you’re taking supplements to maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you want to make sure you stay healthy, check out these exercises you can do while you step away from your work computer for a few minutes.


Take the Stairs

When you get off work for your lunch break, take the stairs. Dropping the elevator for the stairs is the same thing as picking up a new work out, and if you do that everyday you’ll start to see some results. If you work on a high floor, even better! Start out slow, and increase the number of stairs you walk up and down each week for the best performance. If you have time on your lunch break, walk up and down the stairs a few times. It’s a great way to get some exercise in without looking like you’re exercising!

Yoga

Doing yoga on your lunch break not only is a great way to exercise, but it will also relax your nerves and calm you down for the rest of the work day. If you’ve got some time, grab your yoga mat and head to a nearby park, or even an empty parking lot.

Learn some yoga routines online, and spend twenty or thirty minutes practicing them. You’ll feel more stretched out, and ready for the rest of the day. Even better, grab a coworker who may be interested in doing some yoga during lunch, and work out together!

Walk

Sometimes all it takes for a solid workout during your lunch break is a good old-fashioned walk around the building. Try and walk as fast as you can without running, and if you feel up for it go for a short jog. Walking will get your blood flowing, and you’ll feel great when you go back to your desk. If you really want a challenge, keep some small weights in your car, and carry them on your walk. Once you feel up to it, start jogging with those weights, and you’ll feel fantastic.

Stretches

If it’s too cold outside or you simply don’t have enough time to get out of the office, doing some stretches in the break room is a great way to still get a good workout in during your break. Do toe touches, windmill swings, and lunges, and do three reps of ten each. You’ll get back to your desk feeling great!

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Mark Dilworth, BA, PES
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