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Incorporating physical activity into desk jobs?

Answered on May 30, 2014
Created May 15, 2014 at 3:39 PM

If we define physical activity as muscle contractions then what are some ways to incorporate physical activity into otherwise extremely sedentary desk jobs (without leaving your desk)?

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on May 27, 2014
at 06:13 PM

That's awesome, thank you for your input!

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on May 15, 2014
at 07:19 PM

Nice! I like this option as well. I would be interested in knowing if that device could easily be used from a seated position as well. TY!

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on May 15, 2014
at 06:44 PM

Something like this might be even better: http://www.amazon.com/Sunny-Health-Fitness-Twister-Stepper/dp/B0016BUR7I/

Pretty low profile, and you can use it without anyone noticing -- half the people shake their legs anyways, at least this way you get some resistance.

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on May 15, 2014
at 06:42 PM

When I work from home, I jump on my bike during telecons. The trick is to go slowly as to not get out of breath. this might be a better option as my trainer can get loud.

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on May 15, 2014
at 05:47 PM

I always call meetings at far locations. Another building, coffee shop three blocks away, etc.

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on May 15, 2014
at 05:33 PM

Cool, thank you for your feedback!

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on May 15, 2014
at 05:31 PM

I don't know if I could get away with this at my current job, and I have a recumbent bike at home already, this would be cool to use on the couch while watching tv though.

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on May 15, 2014
at 05:15 PM

My grandma has one of these! Not a bad idea... Of course I just got laid off so we'll see how my next work environment looks.

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at 04:46 PM

Lol, those treaddesks look super cool! That's also interesting that Sisson's staff uses those. I have the standing work station option but I'm 6'3" and 205 lbs and my knees just were not built for MY frame to be standing on them all day. I'm sure they work great for some people though! Thanks for your feedback Linds +1.

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on May 30, 2014
at 02:33 AM

Thank you for all these suggestions. I badly needed this. I spent almost 8 hours just in front of my desktop, and really need some time to stretch my muscles and move my body and bones. Will try that suggestion on a standing workstation. Looks like a fun and good idea. Thank you guys.

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on May 28, 2014
at 07:46 AM

As @Linds mentions... standing workstation or replace your chair with properly sized 'yoga ball'

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on May 28, 2014
at 07:33 AM

I sit up whenever i remember & don't lean back in my chair, sit with my back straight/abs engaged, do some kegels, i sit in a chair with no arms aswell so i can't lean on the arms either, basically i just sit on my chair like its a stool. That combined with a daily walk around the local woods at lunch break.

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on May 15, 2014
at 11:20 PM

I've been getting up to walk around and stretch at least every hour, and my lower back pain is mostly gone now. I also have a small towel at my desk to do some resistance arm exercises when I feel like it.

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on May 27, 2014
at 06:13 PM

That's awesome, thank you for your input!

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on May 15, 2014
at 05:19 PM

I'm not sure this is an option for most people but I get up and pace, stretch, jog in place or back and fourth, and do some yoga-ish muscle contractions about twice an hour. When nobody is looking I'll put my feet up on my chair, lunge it back behind me while supporting my upper body on the desk, and do a few pushups without even getting up!

I guess it depends on the person and the environment a lot. I've tried your suggestion of contracting muscles while at my desk but it tends to slow me down and distract me from my work. I just keep moving around, changing posture, sitting weird, twitching, and generally try not to stay still for more than a few minutes. I try not to stay in my seat for more than 20-30. It really helps keep my energy and focus more level when compared to days where I just don't move much.

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on May 15, 2014
at 05:33 PM

Cool, thank you for your feedback!

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on May 15, 2014
at 04:42 PM

I made a case to my employer and they got me a standing work station. I'm able to do squats, lunges, exercises with resistance bands etc all while staying at my desk. It has made a huge improvement in my posture and my overall feeling at work (I no longer get drowsy while staying slumped down working). I also sometimes catch myself dancing when I have my headphones in and I'm standing...which kind of counts as exercise :).

If you wanted to be that guy, you could even go as far as to get one of these treaddesks. Sisson's staff have them and apparently love them!

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on May 15, 2014
at 04:46 PM

Lol, those treaddesks look super cool! That's also interesting that Sisson's staff uses those. I have the standing work station option but I'm 6'3" and 205 lbs and my knees just were not built for MY frame to be standing on them all day. I'm sure they work great for some people though! Thanks for your feedback Linds +1.

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on May 15, 2014
at 03:44 PM

Incorporating a mini-bike such as below might be one option (blurred out name as to not show preference):

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on May 15, 2014
at 05:15 PM

My grandma has one of these! Not a bad idea... Of course I just got laid off so we'll see how my next work environment looks.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on May 15, 2014
at 06:44 PM

Something like this might be even better: http://www.amazon.com/Sunny-Health-Fitness-Twister-Stepper/dp/B0016BUR7I/

Pretty low profile, and you can use it without anyone noticing -- half the people shake their legs anyways, at least this way you get some resistance.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on May 15, 2014
at 06:42 PM

When I work from home, I jump on my bike during telecons. The trick is to go slowly as to not get out of breath. this might be a better option as my trainer can get loud.

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