There is a phrase I often use when life throws a curveball: “There is always a way to make it work.” Things may not happen as practically as you want, nor does it happen quite in the time frame in which you’d want it.
You know what? That’s okay.
Embrace your challenges, accept that curveball, and swing your bat with all of your might. What comes out of it – that dedication, passion and persistence – may be even better than what you’d imagined.
A challenge faced daily is exercise. Those of you working in a cubicle environment know it can be difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle when you’re at a desk all day. In my observations, I’ve found many ways people have used to stay active during work hours.
One of my coworkers sits on a large exercise ball half the day to help with core and legs. Another few have “stand up” desks. No chairs means always upright and always moving! There are several people that, when traveling to and fro, will take a different path back to keep things fresh or put in a few more steps than they would have otherwise. On your break, walk around. Go to your coworker’s office to speak face-to-face rather than by e-mail or phone.
Also, try going to the gym before work. You’ll not only have fit in your main exercise for the day, but it keeps your metabolism going at a higher speed throughout the day and you’ll be more awake and in a better mood! I’ve highly considered a desk cycle (pedals you cycle under the desk) or a kneeling posture chair which helps to keep your spine aligned and helps strengthen back and abdominal muscles.
If these aren’t for you, there are simple chair exercises you can do that will help. Examples include:
- Leg extensions – hold legs up one at a time underneath desk, alternating pointed and flexed toes. This also works abs! Do 15 reps.
- Leg toning – legs straight, cross one over the other and raise off floor. Press top leg down on the other, creating resistance. Do 5 reps and repeat with opposite legs crossed.
- Abdominal contractions – contract abs for five second intervals, leaning slightly into a crunch. Contract all then go by sections in a circle then all again. This gets easier the more times you do it.
There is always a way to make it work. There is always time to make time to do it. As a personal challenge, I will begin these myself right…now. You should, too! Rep 1 complete already for me. Have you started yet?