We have all felt the strain of day to day working life now with office culture been built on a foundation of early morning starts and late evenings been the norm. Summer generally brings an increased focus on fitness with the longer evenings enticing us out for a walk or the fear of revealing the beach bod snapping us into action! Sometimes exceptionally busy work days can prevent a workout from happening. Personal trainer for Nelsons® arnicare® arnica Cooling Gel, Lucy Wyndham-Read, has comprised some sneaky workouts and tips that you can do whilst sitting at your desk. These tips are great for building up health, fitness and overall well being, throughout the course of your work day. The best part is they are so discreet, no one will be any wiser that you are toning as you type!
TIP 1: ICE ICE BABY
Sitting for long hours at a desk can affect posture, as we often have the tendency to hunch while we type. A quick way of becoming instantly swan like, is to apply ‘Lucy’s ice cube trick’. Simply write the word ‘ice cube ‘on a post-it and stick it on the corner of your computer. Each time you glance at it, imagine someone has dropped an ice cube down your back. You’ll instantly pull back your shoulders and lift up your chest, giving you perfect posture.
TIP 2: 20 MINUTE RULE
Try to get up from your desk every 20 minutes. When we sit down for longer periods, it is thought to slow the metabolism which affects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and break down body fat.
TIP 3: BE A BREAKFAST CHAMPION
It’s very easy to justify skipping breakfast when we are tight of time in the mornings. By missing the first meal of the day, it just means that come 11am you’ll want biscuits and snacks and be prepared to do anything for them. You can help to prevent this from happening by having a healthy and sustainable breakfast, such as overnight soaked oats which you can grab and go and eat on your commute or when you get to your desk. Place a handful of oats topped with either oat milk, coconut milk, almond or semi skimmed into a Mason jar or Tupperware dish with a lid. Ensure they are completely covered and add a sprinkling of cinnamon for flavour. Finally leave in the fridge overnight and, hey presto, breakfast is ready for the morning.
TIP 4: TONE THOSE THIGHS
The following three workouts are perfect for the office. Not only will they tone and sculpt your thighs, but will also help your body to burn calories while you’re sat at your desk without anyone knowing. Follow the exercises here.
TIP 5: BE AN OFFICE FLAMINGO
You don’t have to stand on one leg for this exercise but do just stand up on both feet whenever you can. If you’re on a conference call, push that chair back and stand upright which will help to engage more of your muscles.
TIP 6: DRINK WATER
Staying hydrated is very important throughout the working day and will help you to feel more alert and energised. Keep a water bottle topped up to guarantee you drink enough.
TIP 7: SNEAKY TWO MINUTE MARCH
Here is a quick two minute workout that you can squeeze in without a soul knowing while you’re at work. Simply sit with good posture and place your feet hip width distance apart. Now start marching your feet up and down (quietly) for two minutes. This will not only give the legs a quick workout but you will also be marching off a fair few calories at the same time.