I went from walking miles upon miles a day going from class to class in college, to sitting at a desk 8-9 hours a day. I don’t know what was worse – walking though rain, sleet, hail and snow to get to class, or watching my once powerful metabolism hit the breaks. What I do know is that I am happy that there are some simple stretches and exercises that can be done right at m desk in order to help counteract some of this inactivity throughout the day.
1. Squat Then Sit
According to a study done at Iowa State University that used activity monitoring equipment to track the patterns of 20 obese and 20 lean individuals it was found that, “obese people sit 2.5 hours more per day than lean folks”. Shirley Archer, fitness expert and author of Fitness 9 to 5, suggests that doing one squat for a minute each day at your desk will burn about 50 calories by the end of the week. I say why not challenge yourself even more. Try and do a squat every 30 minutes at your desk. Your co-workers may look at you funny, but who cares! Shoot, tell them to join in!