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Why Do You Need to Exercise While You Are At Work?

If you work 8 hours a day and 5 days a week in an office, chances are good that you spend a fair amount of that time sitting in front of a computer. Although such sessions will have minimal effect in the short run, the stress can add up with constant repetition year after year, thus increasing your chances of developing health problems that include but are not limited to neck strain, back strain, and even carpal tunnel syndrome. As a result, you need to find some way of getting regular exercise if you want to maintain your good health while working in an office, particularly if you want to maintain your trim figure at the same time.

How Can You Exercise While You Are At Work?

Here are some examples of how you can exercise while you are at work:

  • Even small movements can help with sufficient repetition. As a result, even easy exercises can contribute to better health so long as you can stick to a regular schedule. For example, rolling your shoulders forward 10 times and then backwards 10 times can serve to relieve the tension on them. Similarly, you can relieve the tension on your neck by slowly moving your head forward and back, side to side, before looking right and then looking left. You can even get similar benefits by getting up to take a short stroll every half hour or so.
  • Alternatively, adding some simple tools can expand your repertoire of exercises for even greater benefits. For example, a hand gripper is a great way to relieve stress while also working on your forearm, much like how an elastic band is useful for stretching your arms. Some people have even been known to bring stability balls into their workplaces, though you might want to switch yours out for a chair whenever you are doing something that needs firm seating.
  • Finally, you should make sure to maintain good posture while you are working since a bad posture can worsen all of the problems that come from sitting in a chair and staring at a computer for 40+ hours a week. Generally speaking, this means that you should be sitting straight with your shoulders back. Furthermore, this means that your eyes should be level with the top of your monitor since being forced to start either up or down can contribute to eye strain. If you have problems meeting these requirements, you might need to make some changes to your workstation.

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