HELLO SUNSHINES. Who shares an on-going love-hate relationship with the gym? I'm sure everyone who reads this post can all agree that the gym isn't their best friend. Whether you are trying to lose weight or stay fit, feeling well physically should be your number one priority.
Here are the top 5 reasons why you should make it a point to get up out of your chair every hour:
Yes, this seems like a mundane reason, but you'd be surprised as to how much of a difference it actually makes. Simply by being alive the body burns a certain amount of calories according to your height, weight, gender, and body composition. When you add physical exertion to the equation, your body has to work much harder to accommodate the extra work. It may seem small, but if you have an apple watch or a fitbit, it will tell you how many calories you have burned. Think of it this way, you're multi-tasking. You're already getting part of your workout in while being at work!
Healthy bones and muscles.
Moving around periodically instead of sitting down at your desk all day is one of the best things you could do for your body. Many of the muscles in our body go "dormant" so to speak because we are barely using them throughout the day like our caveman ancestors once did. Increasing the amount of blood flow is great for muscle tightness, stress headaches and overall living because moving around gets your mind off of whatever is stressing you.
Decrease your chance of experiencing back pain.
According to the American chiropractic Association, 31 million Americans experience back pain at any given time. I can say for myself that I have been there and it's impossible to get anything done when that happens. This ties in perfectly with the last paragraph about the increase in blood flow. By getting up and walking around, your core (abdominal muscles) becomes active to stabilize you while you're walking. The reason why some people experience back pain is because they don't activate their ab muscles regularly, causing them to work poorly. I am not saying you should be doing crunches and sit-ups in the office, but if that is something you feel like doing, do you boo-boo.
Getting up and walking around helps with writer's block!
Although this may come as no secret to you, it is still important to note! Getting your mind off of the task at hand helps the creative juices flow and allow you to write what needs to be said.
Running off no sleep? Walking around will help you stay awake.
This is a pretty embarrassing one but its so true. We have all experienced a sleepless night knowing the next day was going to be hell. If this happens to be you, getting up and walking around will definitely help you wake up. You know that energized feeling right after you get done with a workout? The same applies here.
Being sleepy isn't a crime, but not taking care of your own body is. So get up, get active, smile at your co-workers, and bring positive energy to your workspace!