Holy cow did we eat a lot this Thanksgiving! Now that we’re back in the office we’re getting about as much exercise as we were sitting on the couch all weekend.
In today’s posting we will take our readers through some of the best (and worst) methods of getting rid of those post-Thanksgiving calories — without ever leaving the office — and in some cases, the chair.
Good Idea: Getting exercise at work.
Bad Idea: Not consulting your doctor before attempting the following exercise methods and/or having a chair that isn’t stable. The stable chair is essential.
MayoClinic.com recommends the following for the more “serious” office exercise enthusiast in “Office exercise: How to burn calories at work”:
“If you’re ready to take office exercise to the next level, consider a more focused walk-and-work approach. If you can comfortably position your work surface above a treadmill — with a computer screen on a stand, a keyboard on a table or a specialized treadmill-ready vertical desk — you may be able to walk while you work.”
They also state that their research showed that those overweight office workers who replaced 2-3 hours a day of working in a chair with the same amount of time spent working from a treadmill desk, lost anywhere from 44-66 lbs per year.
In “How to Exercise at Your Office”, eHow.com recommends a good amount of typical exercises, just performed in the office setting, including:
- Plié Squats
- Wall Sits
- Posing Like a Warrior (this is no joke)
- Calf Raises
- Toe Raises
- Gluteal Squeeze
- Shoulder Raises
eHow.com isn’t necessarily asking their readers to turn their “office into a mini gym”, but the site does claim that these exercises will “boost energy levels, relieve stress and burn calories”, for which we agree that they most certainly will.
While getting up out of our chairs every hour or so and taking a short walk around the office is far more than most of us who are glued to our computers can say we do on a regular basis, we can’t help but think of what life would be like if all we had to do to stay in shape was sit in the “Hawaiian Chair” Ellen demonstrates so well in the video below:
While most of the options mentioned above are at least somewhat viable, we think that Military.com says it best in “The Office Workout” in confirming that, “if you eat more calories than you exercise off in a day, you will gain weight. The opposite holds true as well – if you can burn off more than you consume, you will lose weight.”
Makes a whole lot of sense to us now … after eating all of the leftovers.
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