Working Out at Work

OfficeGym on Benner Fit

This is kind of what I do all day: Sit, click, tippie type, tippie type, sit. I can feel my booty expanding by the minute.

I'm sure a lot of you are just like me and live inside cubicle walls on a daily basis and do a whole lot of sitting. It's the nature of the beast these days - with the way technology is headed almost everything is virtual and there isn't a whole lot of movement involved when it comes to that.

Lately my body is all out of whack - pain in my lower back, shoulders super tight.  I know it all stems from a loosened core and a compacted vertebrae that comes hand in hand with the sit, click , tippie type, tippie type, sit.

So what's the cure? Don't worry - I've been looking into it...

MOVE IT

Quite simply... get up and move already!  If you have to meet someone face to face - take the longest route to get there. And make it a point to see people in person rather than calling that extension. While you are at it, skip any shortcuts and circle the perimeter of the building. Those extra steps count! Have a meeting to go to? If it's not too weird... stand! Alana (my 30 day challenge partner) has started getting people to stand during meetings she holds by declaring "STAND UP FOR YOUR HEALTH!" Speaking of that...

STAND UP FOR YOUR HEALTH

Make standing an option in your workspace. The Huffington Post just wrote an article on the negative effects of sitting at work all day (which will get you standing up for your health for sure!). Not only does it save you from the pressures on your back, standing at your desk also burns more calories. I've been admiring this standing desk situation for a while now:

VariDesk on Benner Fit
VariDesk on Benner Fit

Remember that standing is hard on other parts of your body, so the option to also sit should be available. A variable desk such as this is the perfect fit. However, if you can't afford a fancy variable desk, this Ikea hack is pretty great and only $22.

THE SUZANNE SOMERS SECRET

Thigh Master on Benner Fit
Thigh Master on Benner Fit

(picture thanks to Time Out Chicago)

Tighten up those thighs on the sly. Most people can't see your legs under your desk so put them to use! Invest in a Thigh Master, a small exercise ball, or a pilates ring (below) and squeeze 'til your thighs are content. (Bonus points if you dress like the lady above while you do this.)

Workin Out at Work on Benner Fit
Workin Out at Work on Benner Fit

GET A GRIP

No one likes a loosey goosey handshake. Keep those wrists and forearms strong with a hand grip. These are super cheap and you can challenge yourself every day while you catch up on email. Walking to a meeting? This is so handy (see what I did there) you can take it with you and grip while you chat.

ZON Handgrips - Working Out While At Work on Benner Fit
ZON Handgrips - Working Out While At Work on Benner Fit

SHELL IT OUT

If you've got some dough, your office doesn't consider it a legal issue, and you don't mind looking a little bit silly - go bananas and get the crazy fun goodies that keep you fit at work!

My favorites:

Gamercize PC Sport Stepper: I always joked at work that we should have a some sort of treadmill contraption which in turn spins our our computer fans and makes our stations function while we walk. Well here it is! According to Gamercize's website: The low profile GZ Power Stepper fits neatly under a desk, connecting your USB plug and play keyboard or mouse with the GZ PC-Sport for a workout while sitting down. If you slow down or stop, the keyboard or mouse will not function until you restart exercising.

YES!!!

Work Out at Work on Benner Fit
Work Out at Work on Benner Fit

OFFICEGYM:

Throw this guy on to the back of your swivel chair!  OfficeGym gives you the ability to tone up without leaving your cube. Sit and be fit. Wasn't that a thing?  Well... it's back!

Working Out At Work on Benner Fit
Working Out At Work on Benner Fit

TREADMILL DESK:

I'm going to let this picture do all the talking. Just look at the smile on her face. She's super excited to be in this setup.

Working Out at Work on Benner Fit
Working Out at Work on Benner Fit

Benner Fit!

That's right! Turn on a Benner Fit in the break room and get the office working out!

There are a lot of ways for us office dwellers to still be active. Don't let those cubicle walls hold you back!