The Insanely Effective 15-Minute Workout for the office

In a society where a seventy hour work week is acceptable, it is no wonder no one has time to exercise. Luckily, it doesn’t take much to get the basic health benefits of physical activity. The great news is that you can take the 70 hour work week and include this great 15-Minute Workout for the office. The recommended amount of exercise is thirty minutes a day six days a week, so if you can fit in just two fifteen minute workouts during your workday twice a week, you are officially eligible for the benefits.
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This workout is geared toward building strength. You might want to close your office door for this one. It will elevate your heart rate while building muscle at the same time. To warm up, simply walk in place for two minutes. Walk rapidly and swing your arms so that your heart rate will start to increase. Next, increase the level of difficulty by doing lunges in place. Lunges can be done by stepping forward or stepping backward, so feel free to choose one or alternate as you go.

Moving from lower body to upper body, it is now time for pushups. Depending on your upper body strength, you can do them with your knees on the ground, standard pushups or diamond pushups. The important thing to remember is to do the highest level of difficulty you can, because this is a very brief workout.

Now, lay on your back and put your legs as straight up in the air as you can, creating a ninety degree angle. If you have never done leg lifts before, you may want to place your hands underneath your buttocks. This will help with balance and stability. Now lower your legs slowly, getting them as close to the ground as you can without touching it, then bring them back up and repeat.

When you are done with this portion of the workout, put your feet on the ground so that your knees are up. The next exercise is a standard crunch but with a twist, literally. With your hands behind your head, sit up slightly with your chin to the ceiling, just like you would in a normal crunch. Once you get to the top, stop and twist your body to the right, then twist back to straight and lay back down. Next, do the same thing but twist your body to the left. This exercise is good for a quick workout because it develops your central abdominal muscles as well as your lats.

This might make you feel a little funny at work, but the long term benefits of exercising consistently will pay dividends in the end. if you need some new ideas on Standing Desks and really want to get in shape, check out our TOP TEN Standing Desks here:

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Top 3, Non-traditional, Stress Relieving exercises for the office

 

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Here at Best Standing Desks we know that you need Stress Relieving exercises for the office, we also know that whether coming from our jobs, personal life, incompetent drivers, or the soaring gas prices stress seems to be all around us, bombarding us with an over load that has us over worked, cranky, and restless. The effects of prolonged stress on the human body can be devastating to our health resulting in migraines, muscle aches, insomnia, digestive problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, weight gain, asthma, and heart disease along with a wide range of other health problems. We have discussed the principle of using a Standing Desk to alleviate some of these health issues, and kickstart a healthy lifestyle. Learning to effectively manage stress and adding regular exercise to your routine is a valuable part of stress relief which is vital to good health. But do not worry, you do not have to make time to go to the gym or worry if your fitness level is not up for that aerobic work out, here are three of the best exercises for stress relief than can be done by just about any one at any fitness level, of course as always, before beginning any new exercise program you want to be sure that your health care provider has cleared you for exercise if you have any recent injuries or health care concerns.
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Tai Chi:
Tai Chi is an ancient martial art form. This Chinese art has been practiced for centuries and is a perfect exercise for stress relief. Tai Chi uses very fluid and graceful movements that are slow and precise, focusing the mind and strengthening the body. It can be done just about anywhere by people of all ages and is fairly simple to learn. People who practice Tai Chi experience a better sense of balance, over all improvement in health, sleep better, and feel a since of clarity and improved mental focus along with the stress relief.

Pilates:
Pilates was originally developed as a method of rehabilitation for injured dancers and soldiers. Incorporating simple moves similar to yoga in parts, pilates stretches and lengthens your muscles, improves the strength and stability of your core (the torso), and is also very calming and soothing making it a great choice for stress relief. Stress relief is not the only benefit of pilates, you also get a longer, stronger spine, better posture, more graceful muscle tone, and stronger abs. And because a large portion of pilates can be done as a mat work out, it is great for people with special needs to consider that may make traditional exercise more difficult.

Water Aerobics:
This may not be for the office, but a break from the office.  If you would like something to get your heart beat going and improve your over all tone and health, along with giving you stress relief, water aerobics is another great choice. Unlike traditional aerobic classes, being in the water lessens the impact of the movements on your joints, legs, and spine. Being in the water makes your motions effortless, yet the resistance of the water provides a better, stronger work out. The calming sensation of being in the water offers great stress relief and gives you a wonderful work out for your muscles, weight loss, and cardio building along with the stress relief.

Whichever routine you choose, or perhaps some combination of the three, you will find great stress relief from starting a regular routine and the stress relief will only enhance the other great health benefits you will obtain.

How do you relieve stress at the office?  Share your secret below….
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