How many hours a day do you spend sitting at your desk? Typically, do you move your body at all during your working day? If the answer is ‘No’, this is the post for you. It was reported recently that office workers need to exercise for an hour a day to avoid an early death, which is a headline designed to shock, but also holds a great deal of truth. If you’re guilty of being chained to your desk for hours on end, then a little ‘Office Yoga’ might just be the thing for you!
With research suggesting that sitting for at least eight hours a day could increase the risk of premature death by up to 60 per cent, getting up from your desk, and moving throughout the day is so important for your health. A whopping 70% of office workers suffer from Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), be it hand, arm, neck or otherwise, and the rise of laptop working replacing the standard desktop set up is only accentuating the problem. The folks at Furniture at Work have been working with a top yoga teacher to give people some office yoga poses to shake up your working day.
Check out the poses below, and if you’re at your desk right now, give them a go! Paired with a brilliant video, the aim is to get people moving during their working day, decreasing their risk of early death. Whether it’s doing a little ‘Desk Yoga’, walking to another part of the office, or taking the stairs to a different floor once an hour, schedule a little movement into your day, not just today because you’re reading this post, but every day! Anything you can do to avoid sitting at your desk for 8 hours is going to be beneficial, and you’ll end up more productive, with more energy, and not to mention healthier!
I’m lucky that my job involves being on my feet (and generally running around like a headless chicken) more often than not. Saying that, even on my admin days, I still take time to escape from my laptop and get my body moving.
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