Many people get caught in the 9-to-5 grind shortly after they get out of school. I’m not saying that this is necessarily a bad thing. As a person who spent a few years in the cubicle life, I can say that my time in a humdrum office scenario taught me a lot about work ethic. That said, it’s important that office workers still get enough exercise to stay healthy so that they don’t compromise their wellbeing. Believe it or not, the benefits of yoga carry over to office workers who simply move around during their breaks.
- Increased muscle strength and tone
One of the most noticeable benefits of moving around your office during breaks is the increased muscle tone and strength that you’ll develop.
- Cardio and circulatory health
Another benefit of staying active in the office is better cardio and circulatory health. You’ll have more normal blood pressure and fewer chest pains.
- Maintaining a balanced metabolism
Maintaining a balanced metabolism is extremely important. If your metabolism is too fast, you could lose more calories than you can replace, leading to a caloric deficit. On the flipside, an abnormally slow metabolism could let to stored fat and even obesity. Walking around is the best way to keep your metabolism balanced while you work at the office.
- Weight reduction
You might think we’re crazy but it’s true. Losing weight is as easy as walking around the office every now and again. Just walking around for a few minutes each day can save you from obesity — something that would take a lot more time and effort to correct.
- Improved athletic performance
If you enjoy doing martial arts or playing tennis on the weekends, you’ll find that walking around your office during weekdays can improve your performance and help you up your game. Weekend boxers who started walking around their office reported increased stamina and power.
- More energy
If you find yourself getting tired out easily, you might not be getting enough exercise while you’re at the office. If you walk around during your breaks, you’ll be more energetic both in and out of the office.
- Increased flexibility
Joints that are underused will lose flexibility at a faster rate than muscles that you use regularly. By walking around the office, you’ll keep the joints in your legs flexible. You can even swing your arms around slightly to keep those joints loose too. Just don’t go overboard or your coworkers might think that you’re being attacked by a bee.
Beyond on the physical benefits of walking around your office, there are also mental benefits that come along with it. One of the most significant benefits is the reduction of stress. By walking around, you’ll give your mind and body a time to relax and release the stress that it has gathered throughout the course of the day. This is important as keeping stress in could lead to various issues including anxiety, depression, and sometimes even suicidal tendencies. We found that office workers who walk around regularly were calmer and had less trouble focusing than their coworkers who would stay mostly sedentary while in the workplace. As you can see, walking around your office will not only keep your body fit, it will also improve your performance at the tasks that your boss assigns to you.
If exercise is important to office workers, so is staying organized. That said, it can be very difficult to keep everything organized while your boss is piling stacks of paperwork and company documents on your desk every single day. The best way to keep your desk from becoming a sea of papers is to keep it all filed away in filing cabinets and to have adequate storage at your desk.