Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Best Exercises To Do At Your Desk

Tips and photos for exercising at your desk ...

"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.

Top Tips
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]

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Blogger Amanda Burke said...

Unfortunately, I fall victim to working in an office and staring at a computer screen all day and when you work 8 hrs a day and get out of the office late, you're not thinking about going to the gym. You're thinking about going home, having a nice dinner, and relaxing. For me, it's been like that for quite some time. Change is definitely needed because I've gained considerable weight and I AM definitely tired of it.

I started working for this company that makes herbal supplements. It's called Appuloss Diet and I decided to try them out. I've always been a little skeptical about them, but I just decided to give them a go. They help in losing weight and controlling your appetite and when you combine the supplements with a healthy diet and regular exercise, it helps in oxidizing fat, combating diet fatigue, and increase energy.

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11:59 AM  
Blogger Annabelle said...

Have you heard of this new thing I saw on officedesigns.com. It's called the Walkstation and its like a treadmill connected to a desk. It only goes like 2 mph or something but its supposed to help sedentary workers. I heard that my company was getting one and I'm stoked. I never have time to work out.

8:19 PM  

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