We’re no longer a society of people working in fields and doing a lot of manual labor. In fact, a large percentage of us spend a good part of our day sitting down doing desk jobs. While this kind of work may be mentally tiring, it’s certainly not doing your body any favors. Sitting down for a long period of time, every single day, is not good for circulation. Fortunately it is one of the easiest problems to correct.
A few simple exercises will make a world of difference and put your mind at ease. As always, consult your doctor before starting any exercise program.
Take Walking Breaks
Walking is natural and one of the easiest ways you can sneak some exercise into your day. If you are working in a job where you must sit for long periods of time, it is important to get up and walk around at least every 10-15 minutes. Even if it is just to stand, touch your toes and march in place for a minute. If your job involves sitting in a car and driving for extended periods of time, such as a taxi driver, you may want to pull over and get out of the car. It may mean time off the meter, but your health demands it in the long run.
The commute to work usually involves sitting as well, either in a car or a bus, but you can use this time to get in a quick walk by getting off at a stop a few blocks from your work. The quick walk to work might be just what you need to start your day off with some fresh air! If you drive to work, park your car farther away from your normal parking spot and take advantage of those few extra steps.
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Climb the Stairs
Speaking of steps, do you take an elevator from floor to floor? Take the stairs! It is a sure way to get in some exercise that will benefit your entire body.
Don’t Cross Your Legs
One other thing worth mentioning is the practice of crossing your legs. It may be a habit and it may be attractive, but generally speaking it is bad for your circulation. If you must cross something, cross your ankles. Need help breaking the habit? When sitting, place a post-it note on the leg that you would normally cross your other leg onto. You will feel the post-it note and remember that crossing your legs is a no-no.
You have two legs, get out there and make up for those extended periods of sitting! Don’t forget to mark down your exercise in your exercise tracker!