Published: Jun 15, 2015
A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine warned of the dangers of sitting of prolonged periods of time. The researchers found that people who sit for eight or nine hours a day increased their risk for cardiovascular disease by 14 percent, cancer by 13 percent and diabetes by 91 percent.
As terrifying as those statistics are, many office workers find it difficult to leave their desks during the day. As such, below find seven simple ‘deskercises’ can be done throughout the work day and don’t require you to leave your cubicle or bring weights to work. While these few simple tricks won’t give you a bikini body or drastically improve cardiovascular health, strength or endurance, they can make office workers more comfortable and increase blood flow.
Tips adapted from Choice Chiropractic and Wellness Center
The next time you catch yourself slouching or slinking lower in your swivel chair, try to remember this: according to a recent study published in Psychological Science (and reported on by FINS), when men and women strike a powerful physical pose such as kicking back in their chair and throwing their feet up on their desk, they show a spike in their level of testosterone, "a hormone that cultivates dominant behavior, muscle growth and risk tolerance. " And, "at the same time, they show decreases in cortisol, a hormone that is released as a response to stress.