In the previous post, Jessica was wondering what environment is the best for exercising: home, gym or outdoors. How is “Office” for an answer?
For those of us who are lucky/unlucky enough (choose the most suitable option) to have regular eight to five jobs, our work desk might be the place we spend most of our time at. So it’s either that or bed. Unfortunately, there aren’t too many effective workouts that can be performed while asleep (unless you believe in the hocus-pocus machines they used to sell in TV Shops back in the 90’s), so why not use the time we spend in front of our computers to do a little bit of good for our bodies? After all, it’s thanks to these screen-staring and phone-talking activities that we’re now more than ever concerned with our physical conditions.
It’s unlikely that everyone at your office is as fitness-obsessed as we are, so to avoid some of the co-workers’ leers, use this mini-program of the five best office exercises that will help you to get (or maintain) beautiful arms, killer abs, sexy butt and perfect posture.
Is your cubicle on the tenth floor? Congrats! You probably have a nice view and just enough stairs to get a bit of a morning cardio exercise. Forget about the elevator – take the stairs! Accelerate on the straight-aways and take two at a time every other flight for a real leg burn. In no time you’ll be ready for a marathon.
Shoulders and Arms
This one is our favourite: it might look a bit weird, but if you hide behind your screen no one will notice until you get amazing chest, shoulders and biceps, and then who cares that you do some sort of strange prayer at your desk, you’re the hottest colleague everyone wants to go out with. Seated upright with feet flat on the floor, bring the palms together in front of the chest and push both hands together powerfully until you feel the arm muscles contract. Hold namaste position for 20 seconds, repeat a couple of times through out the day.
Chest, Back, and Neck
Are you sharing your office with someone who never shuts up and keeps on asking the most stupid questions? Then this is a perfect exercise for you, it’s called shoulder shrug. Simply raise both shoulders up toward the ears, hold for five seconds, then relax. Repeat until your annoying co-worker realizes you don’t know the answers to their questions.
Legs and Butt
Every time you go to the printer, get your papers and read them while performing a wall sit. It is great for building both strength and endurance. Standing with your back against the wall, bend the knees and slide your back down the wall until the thighs are parallel to the floor. Sit and hold for 30-60 seconds or till you read through (world record is 12 hours, so you have plenty of time to read a short book or two).
If you think all the above mentioned exercises are a bit too embarrassing, there’s no way you could slack off with this: adjust your chair height to make sure that feet, hips, and arms are absolutely parallel to the floor. Engage the core to keep the back straight throughout the day. The perfect posture is all yours.
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