With all the holiday parties and events centered around food, you may find yourself putting on a few extra pounds this holiday season.  You have to find extra ways of staying fit when you feel yourself getting a little plump this winter.  Working in the office, it is hard to find time to get out and exercise.  You need to find new ways of getting your physical activity in.  When you are working at a desk all day it is important to get up and move around every once in a while.  This will help you avoid some of the problems associated with sitting at your desk too long like stiffness, soreness, and repetitive motion injuries.

Simple Exercises to Get Your Heart Rate Up

Here are some simple exercises that will get your heart rate up without going overboard and getting your work clothes all sweaty.  One simple way of staying fit when you work at an office building is to take the stairs whenever possible.  IF you can take two stairs at a time you get ample opportunity to stretch your legs.  While walking to your desk in the morning, you can widen your steps and do some lunges.  You can also stretch your wrists, shoulders, and hands to help you stay loose and avoid injuries.

Exercises You Can Do From Your Chair

There are also some great exercises you can do from your chair.  You can try some tricep dips in your chair by butting your arms behind your back resting on your chair and slowly raising and lowering yourself.  A great way of keeping your torso fit and loose is by doing some simple back twists.  You can sit up straight in your chair and place your arm behind your hip and twist and hold.  Alternate sides and do it a couple times, it feels great.  A great way of working your abs is by pushing down on your knees with your arms while trying to lift your legs off the ground.  Hold for 15 to 30 seconds and see how many times you can do it.  Try a few of these next time you feel yourself falling asleep at your desk, or feeling tight, just get up and move around.  Come in and visit Dr. Jerod for more tips on how to stay fit this holiday season!


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