Work and Work Your Muscles
You know the feeling: You meant to go to the gym, but you got slammed with a deadline and now you’re stuck working late. Striking the right work-life-workout balance can be challenging, but these easy exercises will strengthen and relax your body all day (and all evening) long, even if you’re stuck at the office 80 hours a week.
Sit up straight: This seems obvious, but few of us do it. Holding your body upright works your upper and lower back, your core, and your thighs. Plus it helps keep your spine in line.
Lengthen your commute: Get off one stop early on the subway, or park a little farther from the office. You can easily build two 10-minute walks into your work day this way.
Use the bathroom farthest from your desk: This boosts circulation and gives you a good break
Re-seat yourself: Instead of an office chair, try an inflatable fitness ball. It takes getting used to (and your coworkers will definitely make fun of you), but it can improve posture and strengthen your core while you work.
Work your abs: Hold in your stomach and count to 30, then release. Repeat five times.
Do leg lifts at your desk: Sitting upright with your legs at a 90-degree angle to the floor, slowly lift both legs simultaneously. This is an intense workout on your lower abs, minus the crunches. Do five repetitions.
Take the stairs: If that’s unrealistic, take the stairs halfway and the elevator the rest. Climbing stairs is great for toning legs and butt muscles, as well as for maintaining cardiovascular fitness.
Do some legwork: Flex and contract your glutes while seated to firm muscles and get your heart racing without even standing up.
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A MORSEL FROM HEALTHYMAGINATION
Eat a sweet, potassium-rich banana today as a snack or nutritious post-workout treat.
Bananas are so easy to digest, they’re one of the first solid foods babies eat. They are high in vitamin C, folate, fiber, magnesium and potassium—an important electrolyte.