Office spaces are normally designed so that you require little movement, with everything you require to complete your job in easy reach, but this does mean that you become more sedentary and this can lead to weight gain and you needing to plus size workwear. Besides an increase in weight, desk jobs also increase the strain on your back, wrists, eyes and neck, and can lead to a general loss of muscle tone according to research done in the USA.
The survey undertaken at Yale University also found that almost a third of workers felt extremely stressed at their office job. This stress factor can lead to depression, cardiovascular disease and other heath issues including a general lack of energy which in turn affects productivity and job satisfaction.
To combat the rigours of the working day therefore it is important to exercise, but when can you find the time during the busy working day? Well, with a little creativity you can exercise and work at the same time. Research has shown that a little exercise improves your concentration levels and so makes you more productive as a result. However most of us would be a little self-conscious to say the least to exercise in the office, so here are a couple of ideas you may want to try.
First thing in the morning before starting work on the computer, make sure your wrists and arms are properly stretched by following these simple steps:
- Stretch arm out with palm down.
- With other hand, pull fingers down.
- Hold for three seconds.
- Then pull up on fingers.
To relieve the tired feeling you get in your legs, try some ankle and calf stretches while sat at your desk
- Flex your ankle pointing your toes up.
- Extend you ankle pointing your toes down.
- Do ten times and repeat with other leg.
- Next, draw a circle with your toes, moving one foot clockwise and then counter-clockwise.
- Change feet.
It's good for your career to be seen around the office. These exercises will help to keep your weight down and your profile high, so try them out:
- To keep your projects and your body moving, visit colleagues rather than e-mailing them.
- Drink a lot of water. Research suggests that drinking water can aid in your weight loss efforts. Plus, the more trips to the restroom, the more calories you'll burn. To increase the calorie count, visit a restroom further away from your desk. You might also run into some new people along the way.
- Always walk fast without running. It'll get your heart beating faster and make it look like you have somewhere important to be.
- Take the stairs whenever possible instead of the lift. For a better workout, take the steps two at a time.
However, sometimes the best way to burn calories isn't by exercising at all. Following are a few non-exercise ways to shed some weight.
- Stand whenever you can. You'll burn more calories than sitting, as many as 50 more an hour for a 155-pound person
- Fidgeting can burn an extra 350 calories a day. Rapidly tapping your feet, talking with your hands, and chewing gum, all count. While the calorie burn for each movement is minimal, fidgeting could add up to a loss of up to 36 pounds (16.3 kilograms) a year.
- Good posture is an effective core strengthening measure. It requires you to use muscles to keep your tummy tight and your back straight. Do it continually to build abdominal strength, alleviate lower back pain and help you feel more confident.
- Deep breathing helps you relax and lowers heart rate. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
- Laugh often. It tightens your stomach muscles, exercises your diaphragm, works your heart, relieves stress and gives you a better outlook on life.
By making exercise part of your everyday work routine, you'll be healthier, happier and more productive, so avoiding any need for plus size workwear being added to your workwear wardrobe.