As humans, our bodies developed with dynamism and movement as catalysts: it is a necessity for us to engage in some kind of daily physical activity in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Nowadays however, sport has become a luxury, rather than a necessity. For people working office jobs, this is a reality that can affect their long-term physical health, happiness and even mental health. The lack of open air and spaces is already damaging, adding a static lifestyle to it can be lethal.
However, there are ways to incorporate exercise in your sedentary daily life. From walking to work instead of using transport, to stretching your back and legs, and doing subtle glute squeezes while sitting, exercising at work will save you time and boost your fitness. These are 4 examples of how adopting this healthier lifestyle can benefit you:
1. You will be happier and more energetic
Exercise is prescribed to people suffering from anxiety and depression for a reason: it releases endorphins, chemicals that counteract pain receptors in your brain. Once you start exercising, these chemicals will kick in, giving you a pleasant energetic sensation. This means that any pain in your body will be alleviated and your stamina will increase. More squats and less after-work fatigue!
2. You won’t have to waste time or money
Spending your free time exercising might not seem very appealing to many workers, especially when those free hours or days could be spent with your families and friends or enjoying your hobbies. Even though going to the gym at least once a week is strongly advised by most doctors, exercising while working at your desk is a way to save time, too: multitasking is a necessity in contemporary society and work and health are two easily compatible activities. Plus, not everyone can afford time-saving gym subscriptions and personal trainers.
3. You will be more productive
It is well-known that exercise makes your blood flow to your brain more than it normally would, increasing your attention and making you alert. Even simple exercises can “activate” your brain chemicals, enhancing your productiveness and work-quality. Moving your muscles, pacing around or even stretching are enough to get more blood flowing to your tired brain. Something as simple as a few minutes of walking around your office could be the key to your next promotion.
4. You will become more attractive
It might be obvious, but exercise is often considered the way to get a more desirable body. This does not necessarily mean a slimmer body, but one that is healthy, fit and functioning well. Stretching will improve your posture and muscle exercises will tonify your arms, legs, abdomen and glutes. A healthy lifestyle that is so easily achievable will not only bring you happiness and vitality, but also confidence, which is the truest form of beauty.