Corporate India doesn’t seem to fathom the importance of fitness. The utter negligence of one’s health while working either through the unhealthy eating habits, smoking, excessive drinking and lack of sleep would pose as a threat not just for yourself but also would reflect on the productivity of your work.
Fitness within the cube
The need of the hour is not to just to maximise the profit of your company but bring about a mammoth change to profit yourself. Here are a few easy hacks for a healthier office existence.
Glute Squeezes: Sitting straight in your chair with your feet flat on the floor, contract your glutes and hold for 2-3 seconds so that you raise up a bit in your chair before relaxing muscles.
Arm Circles: Extend arms and make small clockwise circles with your fingertips. Switch directions to repeat circles counter clockwise. Abdominal Contractions: Sit in your chair with a straight back and pull your belly button in towards your spine. Hold for 5 seconds for each repetition.
Calf Raises: This is a simple but effective office workout. Stand near your desk or the wall. Raise your heels off the floor as high as possible, and then slowly lower them back down to the floor. If you want to increase the challenge, hold something heavy in your hands while performing this exercise.
Squats: They're the exercise that everybody loves to hate, but they're also incredibly effective for building lower body strength. Proper form is critical here if you want to protect your knees, so make sure you know how to squat before performing this exercise. Once you're confident about your form, go ahead and incorporate this move into your routine. Aim for sets of 10 squats.
Desk Pushups: Space constraints in the office? Don’t worry, you can perform the push up with your hands on the desk and your feet on the floor.
You can perform 5-8 sets of pushups throughout the day with 10-20 repetitions each.
Stairs: Make it a point to take the stairs instead of the elevator each time. This will help burn more calories and help improve mobility, blood circulation and increase cardiovascular endurance in your body.
Tip: Avoid the stairs if you have any kind of knee injury.
Meditate: Due to enough work pressure, we experience irregular heartbeat which leads to various different lifestyle disorders. So, stop for some time – Breathe in and out while resting your back on the seat. While in the process, go to your happy place and feel refreshed within minutes.
By: Sally Jones, Co-Founder & COO MultiFit