"The word exercise comes from the Latin exercere, meaning to keep busy or at work.
But what the typical adult does at work is sit in a desk chair for eight hours, plus a sitting-down commute both ways and an evening spent in front of the TV. This is a recipe for ruin. Sitting all day increases our risk for obesity and puts us at risk for back pain, poor posture, leg cramps, tense muscles and sheer boredom.
Here's something you can do about it.
In Depth: Best Exercises To Do At Your Desk
Exercise is simply the act of keeping your body busy, using your muscles and bones while your heart keeps pumping. You may feel you have no time to do any such thing amid all the rapid-fire e-mails and six-person conference calls (and reading Web articles like this one). You're not alone. With unemployment up at a five-year high of 6.1%, more of us are buckling down instead of getting out of the office. According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health, last year over 50% of adults in the U.S. reported that they did not engage in the suggested 30 minutes, five days a week of moderate physical activity or the suggested 20 minutes, three times a week of vigorous activity. In short, over half of Americans aren't getting the physical exercise they need.
Even when you're not exercising, you should make sure you sit at your desk the right way, says Jason Queiros, a chiropractor in Daytona Beach, Fla.
"It's important that your desk chair be at the proper height to reduce strain on your back," he says. "The chair provides the support for your body throughout the day. Adjust the height so you're in a 90-90-90 position--feet flat on the floor or on a foot rest and your knees and hips bent at 90-degree angles. Keep your lower spine flat against the back of the chair to maintain proper curvature. The chair will help keep the rest of the back and neck erect and decrease your chance of hunching forward, which can cause spasms in the back and neck and headaches."
Queiros also has advice about your computer screen.
"The top one-third of the monitor should be above eye level, both to decrease both eyestrain and to prevent hunching," he says. "Make sure you're not bending your neck forward." (Continued via Forbes.com, Courtney Myers) [Ergonomics Resources]