The Office Workout

With little time or desire to go to the gym after working all day Tired Person, I realized I had to do something to stay more active. I do work out in the morning occasionally, but during the winter months, it’s tough getting out of bed early to workout.

So I went to Amazon looking for information about what to do.There I found The Office Workout by Kent Burden. I bought it thinking it would be another fitness book and was so impressed that I’d like to share it with you.

What I like about the book is that it offers 75 Exercises that I can choose from (and some no one will know I’m doing) but it also explains why we need exercise more than ever – more than even our parents needed. Exercise even in the 60’s wasn’t as important as now because people were 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. People simply moved more than they do today. This is what Kent Burden explains in the book and this is why, for me, it hit home.

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 – and that’s what I want to share with you – moving makes you feel good! And you’ll be surprised how much every  5 minutes helps. Start today!

Also mentioned in the book, here are some additional books you may find interesting. These are available at Amazon – simply click on an image to purchase.

The Office Workout
No-Sweat Exercises for the Office !

by Kent Burden

Sitting Kills, Moving Heals
Gravity-Challenging Activities !

by Joan Vernikos, Ph.D.

Is Your Chair Killing You
Sitting too long is so Bad for your Health !

by Kent Burden

Move a Little, Lose a Lot
Burn 2,100 Calories a Week at the Office !

by James A. Levine, MD, Ph.D.

Source: Burden, K. (2014). The Office Workout. MLF Press.

Wishing you the best of Health!
Joan E.

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Author: Joan E Wilder

We provide information and motivation focused on the importance of physical activity to our quality of life. It is our hope to help people invest in themselves by staying active throughout their lives. It's that important.

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