If you are seriously considering a new sit/stand desk right now because you can’t fit your post-Christmas belly under your old desk anymore, then you know it’s January!
Now we are all parked back in our offices, feeling sluggish and vaguely regretful. The working public is gradually coming to understand that sitting for long periods slows the metabolism, among other health risks. Late last year, the Livestrong website (www.livestrong.com) ran a helpful post about simple exercises you can do at your desk to burn calories and help with your January de-tox; here are a few suggestions:
* Tap Your Feet. Start by tapping your toes 25 times as you keep your heel on the floor. Then, tap your foot side to side 25 times using your heel as a pivot point. If you do this short exercise several times a day, the calorie burn will rack up – plus, tapping your toes helps strengthen the muscles at the front of your shins;
* Raise Your Calves. Sit up straight with your feet flat on the floor. Then, raise your heels off the floor as far as possible. Lower your heels and repeat 10 to 15 times. To burn more calories, press your hands against your knees to create resistance as you lift your heels (remove high heeled shoes before doing this exercise!)
* Maintain Your Posture. Sitting up straight with your shoulders back and your abs tight works several muscles in your torso, back and shoulders. This extra effort will burn a few more calories and also keep your back healthy. As often as possible, suck in your abs and keep them tight for 60 seconds or more to tone your midsection;
* Pretend to Walk. Sit up straight. While keeping your knees bent, lift your right leg up, lower it, lift your left leg up, lower it, and then repeat as many times as you like. If you tighten your buns as you ‘walk’, you’ll burn more calories and tone your backside. After your walk, slowly extend each leg 10 times to work your quadriceps.
But remember – nothing beats getting up every 20 minutes and moving around!
Even better: a new sit/stand desk for the New Year brings even more health benefits and calorie-burning opportunities. Aren’t you worth it?