Deskercise: 10 Exercises You Can Do At Your Desk
Friday 24th May 2019
About the author: Andy Romero-Birkbeck, hero Content & Delivery Director, has over 15 years’ experience in Manageable Health & Wellbeing and regularly delivers workshops and seminars on all areas of physical and mental health.
Research has proven that exercising at your desk and being generally more active within the workplace not only has some great physical benefits, but also mental benefits too. In a study conducted by James Levine at the Mayo Clinic, employees taking part in an experiment to move more within the workplace found that their stress levels were massively reduced, as well as seeing a 15% increase in their productivity. As little as 30 minutes of exercise around the office a day can impact your health in a positive way and some exercises at your desk can also burn an impressive number of calories!
Why is keeping active in the office important?
Research from insurers AXA found that 45% of British women and 37% of men spend less than 30 minutes on their feet a day. Being sat at your desk all day can have some bad implications on your health. Research has shown that people in the UK took 30 million days off work due to muscle and bone related health issues, which can be caused by sitting at a desk for long periods of time. Other health impacts include:
By simply making sure you are more active throughout your day in the office, you can help to reduce the risk of these health issues.
Top tips on keeping active at work
There are lots of simple ways to become more active within the workplace, changing up your office desk to spend some time at a standing desk is one of those ways, allowing you to move around more throughout the day. Other solutions are taking the stairs instead of waiting for the lift, doing some squats whilst boiling the kettle, filling a glass with water instead of a bottle so you take more trips to fill it up, popping over to a colleague’s desk instead of emailing them, and having walking meetings.
The 10 best deskercises to try out at work
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