Thursday, February 4, 2010
Work Your Way Thin
In your forties, fifties, sixties and beyond, it’s important to take the time for yourself. A regular exercise program and healthy diet can help keep your weight down and energy up. The gym is not the only place for exercise. Try these “at the office” exercises:
Pace Your Calls - Instead of sitting down at your next conference call, stand or even pace back and forth while you talk. You might even try holding a squat against the wall while on the phone to burn more calories and tone your legs
Dip Yourself– To help keep your triceps toned, place your hands on the edge of a stationary seat with your knees bent and hips in front of the chair as you bend and straighten your arms. Try to do 10 repetitions each hour for strong shoulders
Find Balance - Trade out your desk chair for a stability ball. Make sure the ball is high enough to have your hips higher than your knees for best posture.
Desk Bow - Stretch up to the sky and bow to your desk. Press your hands down and hips slide back. Feel the stretch in your lower back and shoulders.
Swivel hips - If your chair is on wheels hold onto your desk and lift your feet and you swivel your body side to side. Whittle your waistline away with 10 repetitions on each side morning and afternoon.
Weight a Minute - Yes you can bring some light hand weights into the office. Store them under your desk and when you have a minute, pull them out for side shoulder raises, over head press, or hold them over your head in your chair and lean side to side.
Warrior Stretch - Yoga from your chair is easy. Point one leg away from the desk and other toward it. Reach arms in a “T” position and rotate front to side. Hold each pose for 5 deep breaths and repeat on the other side.
Only you are responsible for your life. Take control and start making those decisions.