Professionals Health Connection

The Office Workout

Yes, you can Workout at the Office

After working all day, I had little time or desire to go to the gym. But , I realized I had to do something to stay more active. I worked out in the morning occasionally, but during the winter months, it was really tough getting out of bed early to workout. Then I discovered the Office Workout and it’s perfect!

How? I went to Amazon looking for a good book to tell me what to do. There I found The Office Workout by Kent Burden. I bought it thinking it would be another fitness book but I was so impressed that I’d like to share it with you.

Why I like the Office Workout book… (and think you will too)

What I like about the book is that it offers 75 exercises that I can choose from (and some no one will know you are doing them) but it also explains why we need exercise more than ever – more than even our parents. And it makes sense. Exercise even in the 60’s wasn’t as important as it is now because people were more active. Things were made from scratch and took more physical effort. Office Work meant more physical labor and pushing a button to make something happen – even copies, was unheard of. Families had one car so people walked more. We simply moved more than we do today. This is what Kent Burden explains in the book and this is why, for me, it hit home.

And being active helps the aging process too…

Kent reports  that “stressed-out woman who exercised vigorously for an average of 45 minutes over a three-day period had cells that showed fewer signs of aging compare to woman who were stressed and inactive”. That’s just 15 minutes a day. If we only take 3 of the 5 minute hourly breaks that Kent suggests, we’ve got to be feeling better than if we did nothing.

He also covers some back exercises, which are very beneficial for those of us that sit for long periods of time every day. I know so many of my peers that have back trouble and believe that exercising is an important part of back health. Kent also emphasis the primary rule of any exercise program – check with your physician to be sure these exercises are right for you.

Admittingly, I don’t follow all of the ideas Mr. Burden suggests, and I still don’t get up from my desk every 30 minutes, but I’m far better off than I was before I read his book. I believe that any movement is good and although it won’t make me lose weight, it certainly makes me feel better. I normally find time for 2-3 of the suggested 5 minute exercise breaks during the day, even if it’s using the stairs to go to a meeting or standing up to file something instead of wheeling my chair to the cabinet. And I feel better which is what I want to share with you. Any activity, moving, will make you feel good. And you’ll be surprised how much every 5 minutes helps. Start today!

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Wishing you the best of Health!
Joan E.