Even if your job has you sitting at a desk all day, there are simple, quick exercises you can do in your work space to get the blood flowing.
If you describe your daily routine as sedentary without much physical activity, you’re not alone. Less than half of all adults in the United States get enough physical activity. According to the Centers for Disease Control, "inactive adults have a higher risk for early death, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression and some cancers."
•150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise (like brisk walking) or
•75 minutes of vigorous intensity aerobic exercise (like running) each week.
•And on at least 2 days per week, we should also be doing some muscle strengthening exercises.
Here’s the good news: you don't have to do the exercise in big blocks of time (like 30 or 45 minutes). Even 10 minutes of exercise at a time is acceptable and beneficial. You may not be able to carve an extra hour out of the day to go to the gym, but you can certainly find two or three 10-minute intervals throughout the day to get moving.
Shawn Richardville, fitness instructor at the Parkview Health & Fitness Center, has created a video series of exercise you can do at your desk. He’ll show you exactly what to do in order to tone your muscles and burn some calories. I think you will find that, by performing these exercises regularly, you will feel stronger, concentrate better, have more energy and maybe even improve your performance at work.
I’ve included a sample video below. You can see the full set of videos on the Parkview Health YouTube channel in a playlist called Desk Exercises. Give these desk exercises a try and let me know how it goes!
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As a husband and father of four young children, a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Medicine, and a Board Certified Family Physician with 11 years of practice under my belt, I want to share with you the best of my knowledge and experience to improve your family's health and wellness.
In my practice at PPG Midwest Community Health Associates, as a part of Parkview Health, I take care of pregnant women, deliver babies, and care for children and adults of all ages in the office, the hospital and the nursing home. I practice in the beautiful small town of Archbold, in Fulton County, Ohio, which my family calls home. You may even get to hear from my family from time to time on this page!
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