This quick standing workout is a great way to get moving during or after your work day to combat the ill effects of sitting.
Did you know that the average American office worker spends over 12 hours per day sitting down?
Sedentary behavior is so dangerous to your health that it actually has a name – “sitting disease.” Sitting for long periods of time with little exercise has been linked to numerous health problems, from heart disease and diabetes, to depression, cancer, and a shortened life span. If you work at a desk job, it is important that you find ways to stand up as much as possible and as often as possible throughout your work day.
Get a treadmill desk if you can, or stand and walk during phone calls, hold walking meetings, take the stairs a few times during your lunch break, and do anything else you can think of to get up out of your seat and move around throughout the day. Your health depends on it!
If you have an office, close the door, and fit this 10-minute standing workout into your day whenever possible. This quick workout from Pete Egoscue, an alignment expert and founder of the Egoscue Method, will help you add a bit of extra standing time to your day, and can be done just about anywhere. Use a staircase to do the step-up sequence, which will raise your heart rate and improve blood flow. The strength-building exercises can be done just about anywhere – use a chair or desk for the tricep dips and extensions.
You can also do this at home after work when you’re too busy to get to the gym, or even in the airport while traveling.
It doesn’t really matter where or when you do it – just get moving!