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Simple exercises to keep your body fit and your creativity flowing

July 24th, 2013

Writing can be a very sedentary pursuit and sitting for long periods can wreak havoc on your health, particularly your posture. This in turn can create stiffness and pain and, if left unchecked, can lead to repetitive strain problems. These factors will impact on your ability to sit still and concentrate so your writing productivity will drop.

This is not a good situation to be in when you are freelancing and relying on yourself to earn the pennies.

But that’s not all! Sitting for long periods has been shown to increase the risk of developing diabetes, cardio-vascular issues and obesity, none of which you really want. So what can you do to prevent this from happening?

Well some simple adjustments to your work space and a few exercises can make all the difference.

First, make sure that you are sitting in the correct position at your desk. Your back should be straight, your feet should be flat on the floor and your knees should be at right-angles. If you can, you should try to get a chair that you can adjust, so that you can get it just right for you. Here’s a step-by-step guide onhow to create the perfect sitting position. And get hand and wrist rests if you need them.

Next, you need to think about moving your body at regular intervals during your working day. The easiest way to do this is simply to get up from your desk and walk around for a while. But, there are loads of other simple exercises you can do, such as:

• the jog – get up from your desk and jog on the spot for a few minutes. If you are feeling particularly energetic, why not pick up your knees a little higher

• calf raises – this is easy, when you stand up simply rise up onto your toes and then lower yourself down again. Repeat 10-20 times. This is great for getting the circulation going again

• the desk squat – stand with your feet together arms by your sides. Now lower yourself into a sitting position and elevate your arms up to a 90 degree angle. Hold it for a few seconds and release

• the desk dip – stand with your back to the desk and sit right on the edge. Place your hands by your sides on the edge of the desk and step forwards a couple of steps so that your weight is on your hands. Now lower yourself using your arms until you reach a 90 degree angle, or as far as you can go. Hold it for a couple of seconds and then release.

This is just a brief introduction to exercising at your desk. If you want more see Deskercise – 33 Ways to Exercise at Your Desk

 

 

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