If I asked you to write a list of things that could potentially kill you, what would be on that morbid piece of paper? Sure penguins with missile-launchers on their backs would be in your top ten, alongside tropical disease and stealthy quick bears, but would your big fat butt be on there? Probably not, but it’s true and it even has a medical term: ‘sitting disease’. The American Medical Association says that sitting increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and could actually slow your metabolism. You know what increases your metabolism and makes your heart healthy? Exercise! With this quick, easy and office appropriate set of exercises you’ll be on your way to a healthier, happier you. Florescent spandex and head-bands are optional.
Stairs: Find some steps and start climbing for about a minute
Jumping Jacks: With your hands at your sides jump up spreading your legs to shoulder width extending your arms straight over your head in a circular motion for thirty seconds.
Legs and Lower Back
One legged squats: Sitting down (wait for it) extend one leg out and stand up with the other one, sit down and repeat with the other leg extended for thirty seconds.
Leglifts: Sitting straight up extend your leg up parallel to the ground and hold for five seconds. Repeat 3 times with each leg for a total of 30 sec.
Office Wall Chair Pose: Get your back flat against a wall, slowly slide down until your thigh is parallel to the ground and hold that pose for a minute.
Incline desk push up: Put your arms on a desk or counter and push back until your arms are extended, like a real push up but easier. You really don’t want to sweat all over your keyboard do you? Repeat for about a minute.
Desk Chair Shrugs: Sit in a chair with your hands on the sitting surface next to your hips. Lift your body up as you push down your shoulders down for about thirty seconds.
Congratulations! You have just extended your life with these simple, quick exercises; you still have to keep your eyes peeled for those missile toting penguins though.
This healthy infographic was kindly commissioned by Lloydspharmacy and created by NeoMam Studios.