Do you spend most of your workday sitting in a chair looking at a computer? If so, you may notice you don’t feel so great at the end of the day. The good news is, you don’t need to run a 5k on your lunch hour in order to stay healthy!
Why should I worry about exercise at work?
Aside from the everyday benefits of lowering high blood pressure, managing weight, and preventing a variety of health problems, exercise improves mood and reduces stress. For you and your business, this is important. Absenteeism due to stress has gone up 316% since 1995. And according to a 2011 study, absenteeism resulted in a loss for Canadian businesses of $16.6 billion.
Try these four exercises from the comfort of your own workstation – it can go miles in relieving the stress that entrepreneurship can bring, and that can only benefit you and your small business. (Note: Please check with your doctor before beginning any new exercise routine.)
1) Shoulder shrug
Relieve your tense neck and shoulders with this simple exercise. Lift your shoulders up towards your ears, hold for a few seconds, and slowly lower your shoulders back down. Repeat two to three times.
2) Forearm and wrist stretch
All those who spend their days typing will love this one. Sit with your elbows out and your palms pressed together in front of your chest. Slowly move your wrists down towards your desk until you feel a gentle stretch. Repeat three to five times.
3) Lower back stretch
This stretch can be done from your chair, but if your chair has wheels, make sure you don’t go zooming backwards! Slide forward a bit in your seat and grip the back of one of your thighs. Slowly lift this leg toward you, while keeping your back straight and stationary. Stretch as far as is comfortable for a few seconds, then slowly release and repeat with the other leg.
4) Ankle and calf stretch
Invigorate your tired ankles and calves. Sitting in your chair, lift one leg straight out in front of you, and point your toes up and down. Repeat with the other leg.
What are your favourite ways to sneak exercise in to your workday?