The Cubicle Workout
Just because you spend nearly 40 hours a week chained to your desk doesn’t mean you have to throw the idea of fitness out the window. Believe it or not, you can actually get an excellent workout at your desk, which eliminates the excuse; I don’t have time to work out. Consider penciling this cubicle workout into your daily planner:
- Engage in an occasional bout of 60-second aerobics. Improving your heart rate can help you live longer and decrease your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. If you have 60-seconds here and there, try doing jumping jacks in your cubicle, marching in place or pretending to jump rope for a minute. If you feel silly doing this, head to the nearest staircase and spend 60 seconds going up and down the stairs – this is a less obvious form of a workout.
- Work on strength training at your desk. Perform squats, lunges or single-leg raises while you are on the phone. You can also opt to switch your desk chair out for a stability ball, which can help to strengthen your core muscles all day long.
- Make it a point not to chain yourself to your desk. Instead of sending an e-mail to a co-worker, get up and ask them a question. Take a walk on your lunch break. Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Park further away from the building and walk. If you use public transportation, try getting off the bus a stop earlier and walking the rest of the way.
- Join a gym near your work. This can be the perfect opportunity to work out on your lunch break. You can also make it a point to visit the gym right after or before work.
Remember, working out in your cubicle is not a reason to skip your regular workout. A regular workout is still more effective.