A recent Telegraph article reported that office workers need to exercise for at least
60 minutes a day.
The Lancet found that the sedentary lifestyle associated with the hours working in an office environment could contribute to premature death by up to 60 percent. There are probably other confounding factors, such as eating convenience food at the desk but ultimately office careers involve several hours of sitting down and staring at a computer screen.
As a parent who works from home with currently just one child at home with me whilst the other is at school, I don't often have the opportunity to sit down long enough at a desk to feel like back pain or restless legs are on the cusp. I have worked in an office before and yes, it involved a fair amount of sitting down, often in an uncomfortable chair with the only exercise being few and far between breaks and walking a few paces to the printer.
As it stands, public health advice in the UK recommends just 30 minutes of exercise a day, but the research scientists strongly recommend double this level of activity in order to counter the risk of a sedentary lifestyle. However, for many, even achieving 30 minutes of exercise can be tricky, especially within a busy day involving commuting and family life.
Five minutes of activity every hour could be ideal, whether it be walking around the office, taking the stairs or even perhaps some exercises from your chair. How about yoga? Relax your mind and your body and reap the rewards. How about the following exercise? It is very simple to perform and not only does it open up your shoulders, improves posture and core strength but also encourages deep breathing which can also help reduce stress. Perhaps even listen to some relaxing music whilst exercising. I am definitely going to combine some gentle exercises with the hypnobirthing music I listen to currently.
This is a collaborative post; all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.