Office Yoga at Work

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I run a design agency during the day so I do spend an awfully long time sat at my desk. If you’re like me, we should all take a five minute break from our desks and stretch out.

 

In my last job, we had a lift connecting the two floors. It used to wind me up when people used the lift instead of the stairs. Little things like this contribute to your overall health and fitness throughout day and if you can tweak little things like this, it’s a step in the right direction.

 

One thing you could tweak is trying your hand at Yoga and this is something you could even do while sitting at your work desks. I came across this great video the other day created by Furniture at Work. I’ll try and embed it below for your convenience.

 

 

Every year there are around 160,000 hip replacements in the UK alone. Most of these are caused by inflexible, tight muscles and prolonged sitting. Trying something like office yoga may just be what you need to stretch out those muscles. I can remember flying to Majorca a few years ago and a girl sitting just in front of me was doing a spot of Yoga while sat in her seat. I think the guy next to her had gone for a toilet break so she able to do some maneuvers without kicking him in the head, haha!

 

Yoga is great for strengthening those core muscles. I suffer sometimes with a tight lower back and Yoga is great for that area too. I was interested to read recently that over half of men and women currently fail to meet the UK health experts guidance of 30 minutes of physical activity a day. I think it’s important for bloggers like me to be flying the flag and to help those men and women achieve this. This is why I’ve shared the video above and hopefully office yoga is something you’ll consider doing in the future.

 

Doing office yoga with a work colleague may be a great option too if you’re little embarrassed about doing it by yourself. It may also help with motivation as sometimes doing it in two’s is better than by yourself. Please read a recent post I wrote called ‘Grab A Gym Buddy!’ to know my thoughts.

 

Be inspired by your furniture at work and make your office chairs a focal point for movement throughout the working day.

Paul

About The Author

Following the birth of his son in 2009, Paul was unfit and sluggish. Since then he's been training using a range of exercise techniques and gained some valuable information over the years. Events he has completed to date are Total Warrior, Pier To Pier, Bamburgh 10k, Hamsterley 10k, Blaydon Races, Newcastle Stampede and over 50 parkruns. In 2012 he created his own challenge called the '12 Days of Christmas.' He raised over £1000 for Percy Hedley by running 60 miles to celebrate their 60 years. In 2013 he ran the '12 parkruns of Christmas' with friend Lee Nyland. The pair raised over £1400 for the Tiny Lives Fund.

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