Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Get in Shape ... at Your Desk

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Get in Shape ... at Your Desk

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Employees can become healthier, more productive and more alert by exercising throughout the workday--all while remaining at their desks.

For many busy office-bound employees, sitting all day can cause a host of problems: back pain, muscle tightness, headaches, musculoskeletal problems, weight gain, depression, tension and decreased motivation. Because time constraints can prevent workers from engaging in regular exercise, fitness guru Kathy Kaehler proposed that employees engage in office workouts to combat many of those ailments.

For instance, hitting the stairs, running in place, doing lunges or pushups or taking brisk walks around the building are ways for office employees to get their heart rates up. Even if workers feel too desk-bound during the day to get up and move, they can still stretch, strengthen their muscles and engage in short cardiovascular sessions right in their chairs. Employees can place their hands on their desks and walk backwards to get in position for a round of desk pushups, try a set of punching exercises or even "run" in place while remaining in their chairs.

"... An office workout is crucial since many Americans work long hours sitting at desks with very limited physical activity," Kaehler pointed out. …

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