No Time for Exercise? Get Some in at Work!

Sure, you can exercise on the job easily enough when you’re a yoga instructor. What about other professions?

Many of us are so busy nowadays that important things in our lives often fall by the wayside. Amongst those typically is exercise. Don’t have time to join a gym or even go for a walk after work? Sure, you can exercise on the job easily enough when you’re a yoga instructor. What about other professions? We all know that being sedentary is bad for you, but so many modern jobs offer little chance for regular movement.

Well, guess what? There are ways for you to get some exercise time in while you’re on the job (and no, they shouldn’t anger your boss). Sometimes exercise isn’t about losing weight or building muscle; it’s about performing certain actions that can prevent future injuries.

Push-Ups

We’re not suggesting getting down on the floor in the middle of the office. There are other, more convenient ways to do push-ups, too. Try doing ten while leaning against your desk at a 45° angle and pushing up.

Squeeze Those Shoulder Blades Together

Here is an excellent one for desk jockeys. Being hunched over a computer can take a real toll on you, causing painful posture issues. Squeeze your shoulder blades together for 10-15 seconds, trying to make the tips touch. Do this a few times at several points in the day. You may not lose any pounds from this exercise, but your body will definitely appreciate it.

Shrug Your Shoulders

Here is another one that will help ward off the pain caused by hunched over office work. Shrug your shoulder as close your ears as possible and hold that position for 10-15 seconds several times per day.

Wall Squats

Heard of jungle squats? These are similar and are much easier to do in an office environment. Lean against a wall, slide down it to a 90° angle, and then slide back up. Do this ten times once or twice during your day.

This video offers some more suggestions for exercises you can do right at your desk: