With the risk of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes growing thanks to a lack of exercise, the truth may be more than a little confronting, as two in three Australian adults are either overweight or obese.
The World Health Organisation even listed inactivity as the fourth biggest risk factor for global adult mortality, and for many people working 9-5 in offices every day, finding the time for physical activity is not easy, but as a result, their health is at risk.
Industry Update spoke to Danii Carr the owner of the Northbridge Anytime Fitness to get some tips on how to increase physical activity in the work place.
According to Carr, Anytime Fitness provides a range of fitness solutions for people who are looking to achieve a range of results, and are mostly focuses in training and couching the general population and people who don’t know where to start.
“Sitting behind a desk all day is bad on so many fronts. We have to look at the fact that our food has become richer and we move much less than we did 30 years ago. Everything is pretty much done for us so if we add a sedentary work lift that you are just asking for trouble” he said.
The following are some exercise that one can do while in the office that are both work, and health friendly.
Along with exercising, please exercise caution of your surroundings and other people around you when preforming any kind of physical activity.
Desk Push ups:
With the help of a sturdy desk or a flat, non-rolling chair, place your hands shoulder width apart and grip firmly. Plant your feet on the ground a few steps away from the table or chair. Straighten your arms and lift your body. Keeping the same position bend your arms lowering your torso to the edge of the table or chair, and then return to original position. Complete 6-8 reps.
Standing in front of your chair with your feet apart, slowly lower your body keeping your back straight, and bending your knees, as if you were to sit on the chair. Keep your knees above your ankles and distribute your weight over your heels. A few centimetres before reaching the seat stop, hold the position for 5 seconds, and stand back up. Complete 6-10 reps.
Standing with your back facing a non-rolling chair, place your right foot firmly on the chair with your toes at the edge of the chair at a 90-degree angle. Once balanced, bend your left leg at the knee in a lunge position, with your right knee pointing towards the ground. Hold this position for 5 seconds and return to original position. Complete 5-8 reps for each leg.
To ensure that you also keep good posture, sit up straight and raise your shoulders up to your ears, hold this for 5-8 sections and relax. Complete this 10-12 times
Standing with your back against the wall walk your feet two steps forward. Moving your back aginst the wall, bend your knew until they are in a sitting position. Hold this for 10-15 seconds (or for however long comfortable), and then keeping your body straight, return to standing position. Complete 10-12 reps.
Along with regular exercise Carr said that simple things like drinking plenty of water, going easy on the coffee, and using the stairs when possible, could help to improve overall fitness.
“Moderation is the key. You don’t get anywhere going on a crash diet and not eating anything with carbs in it only to fall off the wagon and put the kilos back on.”
“You want to approach everything so you can just enjoy it.” He said.
For more information on Northbridge Anytime Fitness and their programs, visit them any day at any time, or call 9967 5996.