Our bodies aren’t meant to sit still for long periods. Yet it’s easy for hours to go by without getting up from your chair. In the short term, this may not be a problem. But over time, it greatly increases the chances of developing backaches, strained shoulders, hemorrhoids, and poor vision. To prevent these symptoms, it’s important to get up and move at least 3–4 times during the day. But if leaving your desk is not an option, try desk–ercizes like these:

  • Yoga: Yoga can relieve neck, back, or eye strain, help lower stress, and increase strength as well as joint mobility. Desk yoga offers some benefits of a regular yoga workout without leaving your work station.
  • Aerobics: Desk aerobics combines quick and easy stretching with aerobic exercises specially designed to increase energy levels.
  • Isolated exercises: These simple movements are a great way to target specific parts of the body such as wrists, eyes, and back.

Before and after work hours, as well as during breaks, get outside and breathe in the fresh air; take a brisk walk. You’ll feel revived and refreshed.

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