As you babes all know I started a new job last week. While this job is so many good things, it is longer hours which means sitting at my desk for way more hours a day than I am used to which cuts into my workout & active time and seems to force a slightly more sedentary lifestyle. Even though it has only been a week (and I've still been getting my workouts in each morning), I have already noticed that long hours of sitting makes my body tighten up which lets a lot of aches and pains start to set in. Personally, my knees always start aching when I sit for too long because I have super tight IT bands. Starting today I am going to add in the following five tricks to keep my body moving during the work day:
1. Do it myself: Even though I can easily rely on a legal secretary to print documents for me or bring me something I need, I am going to get up, walk to the copier, and personally delivery my own in-office documents to get in some extra steps and spend less time sitting still.
2. Desk stretches: Each time I complete an assignment I will quickly stretch out my neck, back, and legs before diving into my next tasks. These stretches can be as simple as sitting up tall, dropping my right ear to my right shoulder, holding it for a few seconds and then repeating it on the other side.
3. No food delivery: Although I try and bring my own lunch to work most days of the week, there are days when I need to buy something for lunch. Instead of relying on food delivery services, I will talk a short walk outside and pick up lunch to get my body moving mid-day.
4. Ankle rotations and leg extensions: Ankle rotations can both improve your flexibility and strengthen the joint, while leg extensions can both stretch out your legs, keep blood flowing, and even build strength. These are easy movements to do while sitting still and working on any desk based assignment.
5. Get off the subway one stop early and walk a few blocks before getting on the train home: If you drive to work, park on the far side of the parking lot to make sure your body moves before and after work. I personally like to walk at least a few blocks before getting onto the subway after work to loosen my body back up before getting into a crammed subway car for my commute home. Not only is it good for your body, but walking pre and post work provides an extra dose of endorphins.