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The average American spends 7.5 hours at work each day. And for most people, those 7.5 hours equal a lot of sitting with very little moving. But incorporating movement and keeping active during your workday is very important, says Kara Smith, special programs coordinator for the Loyola Center for Fitness. “Taking a break from work for even a few minutes can help you feel better and increase your energy level.”
Exercise can help prevent aches and pains in the back, relieve tight muscles, fight fatigue, and burn calories. Plan short walks into your day: If you drink a lot of water (a healthy goal on its own), you’ll have to get up several times throughout the day to walk to the restroom. Use your lunch break for a quick walk around the building or around the block. Send documents to the printer farthest from your desk so you add a few extra steps.
Then add in a few exercises at your desk. “If co-workers give you a strange look, ask them to join you!” Smith suggests.
Here, a mini workout with five exercises from some of the nation’s top fitness experts that you can do at your desk. No special equipment needed.
Written by: Kimberly Holland
Published on: Sep 07, 2011
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