Yes, you can do the Office Workout
After working all day, I had little time or desire to go to the gym. But , I realized I had to do something to stay more active. I did workout in the morning occasionally, but during the winter months, it’s tough getting out of bed early to workout. Then I discovered the Office Workout and it’s perfect!
How? I went to Amazon looking for a good book to tell me what to do. There I found The Office Workout by Kent Burden. I bought it thinking it would be another fitness book but I was so impressed that I’d like to share it with you.
Why I like this book… (and think you will too)
What I like about the book is that it offers 75 exercises that I can choose from (and some no one will know you are doing them) but it also explains why we need exercise more than ever – more than even our parents. And it makes sense. Exercise even in the 60’s wasn’t as important as it is now because people were more active. Things were made from scratch and took more physical effort. Office Work meant more physical labor and pushing a button to make something happen – even copies, was unheard of. Families had one car so people walked more. We simply moved more than we do today. This is what Kent Burden explains in the book and this is why, for me, it hit home.
And being active helps the aging process too…
Kent reports that “stressed-out woman who exercised vigorously for an average of 45 minutes over a three-day period had cells that showed fewer signs of aging compare to woman who were stressed and inactive”. That’s just 15 minutes a day. If we only take 3 of the 5 minute hourly breaks that Kent suggests, we’ve got to be feeling better than if we did nothing.
He also covers some back exercises, which are very beneficial for those of us that sit for long periods of time every day. I know so many of my peers that have back trouble and believe that exercising is an important part of back health. Kent also emphasis the primary rule of any exercise program – check with your physician to be sure these exercises are right for you.
Admittingly, I don’t follow all of the ideas Mr. Burden suggests, and I still don’t get up from my desk every 30 minutes, but I’m far better off than I was before I read his book. I believe that any movement is good and although it won’t make me lose weight, it certainly makes me feel better. I normally find time for 2-3 of the suggested 5 minute exercise breaks during the day, even if it’s using the stairs to go to a meeting or standing up to file something instead of wheeling my chair to the cabinet. And I feel better which is what I want to share with you. Any activity, moving, will make you feel good. And you’ll be surprised how much every 5 minutes helps. Start today!
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The Office Workout
Customer Review: “WOW. This is a unique book, in that the exercises here can be done while working AND more importantly without disturbing anyone in your workplace.
Customer Review: “This is an incredible read. Dr Levine is well-spoken and uses wit, and would be enjoyable even if he were re-writing the phone book. …doesn’t re-hash anything…”
Customer Review: “this is not hard core yoga, but really who can do that at work anyway? this book has nice, effective yoga moves that can be done at work without changing clothes or drawing alot of attention to yourself. the book is small but hardcover, i have mine on my desk and it always grabs peoples attention. i’ve reached for this in stressful moments and was glad i had it. the book would make a nice gife. i also have the lovers’ yoga and i really, really like that one!”
Sitting Kills, Moving Heals
Customer Review: “The reader is already aware of the fact that life today with all the modern conveniences does not equate with an active lifestyle. Instead it can foster a more sedentary lifestyle. This book presents a guide to living a natural health-sustaining lifestyle.”
Is Your Chair Killing You?
Customer Review: “This is an excellant book! Now, I better understand why sitting all day makes me feel so cranky. I am interested in the stand up work station idea, I am sure that it would make my back feel so much better after a long day and inspire me to move around more naturally. The exercise section is great also. If you think your chair may be killing you already, read this book!”
Move a Little, Lose a Lot
Customer Review: “This is the most fun I’ve ever had with a healthy-lifestyle program. I really followed the program, and it changed my head, the most important part. I haven’t shed a lot of pounds, but I’m not that overweight, so it’s going to take time. …a great start, and what’s really important is that the book has helped me stop the gaining trend, even if I never lose more, I’m happy not to keep gaining.”
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