I’m an office worker; been doing office-fication for damn near 23 years now. I have a fantastic job but the longevity of desk time is worse than eating a burrito stuffed with raw hyena giblets. Much, much worse than that.
Since I pretty much sit on my ass all day, I’ve come up with a few tricks over the years to avoid flabby body syndrome due to a desk job. Come graze on these tips, shall we?
ANTI-FLAB OFFICE TIPS
1. Go Back to High School: Emmm, in spirit, that is. When you consider that high-schoolers sit on their asses for most of the day, too, what’s the one big difference separating office workers from students? Teenagers have to switch classes every 45-60 minutes. This means they get in 3-4 minutes of movement each hour as they shuffle to the next class. Those few minutes may not seem like a lot, but it adds up. So go back to high school! Stand up and do something on your feet once per hour for just a few minutes.
2. Stairwell Challenge: If you have stairwell in your office building, start at the bottom and count how many stairs to the top. Now make it a challenge: Each Monday, assign yourself a total number of steps to climb by the end of the week. In one my best weeks of stairwell climbing I managed to get in over 1,400 steps climbed. BOOM!
3. Break Room Boogie: You ready for lunch? Don’t be one of those people who gossips at the water cooler or stares at your microwave meal spinning ’round as it cooks. Instead, boogie those precious cook-time minutes away with a stretch, twist, squat or walk down the halls. Stretching my lower back with a series of forward bends is my go-to “microwave workout”. I don’t give a damn who’s looking.
4. Neck Rollerama: You can find all kinds of visual charts on the Interwebz on how to stretch in an office chair, but the golden tip that surpasses them all is the neck roll. I find the neck roll most precious because it stretches your neck while reaching down into the back muscles as well. An achy neck and back will discourage you from a workout, so keep those body parts well oiled with some rollerama as you sit in your chair. M’kay?
So ya, the point here is to keep moving. Anything to un-glue you from that office chair will help you beat the flab. Now ‘git to it.
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