Many employees spend 8+ hours at their workstation, eliminating time that could be spent at the gym, running throughout the neighborhood, or committing to other physical wellness tasks. While none of them are particularly rigorous, these simple workday exercises options are great for getting blood flowing in the body, all without a gap in workday productivity.
Bring the Gym to Your Desk
Itty bitty convenient exercise equipment comes in all shapes and sizes. Some items, such as stretchy bands that can be anchored beneath your desk or chair's leg, can give you the ability to squeeze in a few resistance exercises throughout the day. Small hand or ankle-mounted weights can give you a quick way to passively do basic exercises while you're off-camera on a meeting as well.
For the more die-hard, under-desk elliptical machines are an option to keep your legs moving all throughout the workday. Quiet and subtle, these seated solutions are a great way to mix your workday with your workout.
Take a Stand!
Height adjustable desking and active seating are posture savers that add are movement-friendly solutions during every workday. Active seating often involves fidget-friendly solutions designed for adults that need a little external stimulation. Gently rocking stools, wobbling ottomans, and round-bottom standing stools are designed to work your core and promote healthy movement throughout the day. Similarly, standing for a period of time engages your core and a sit/stand solution is ideal for those who aren't settled on either style.
Work(out) Well with Others
Forego a stop at the watercooler and opt for a quick walk around the building with a close coworker. You'll build accountability by including another onsite employee in your wellness journey while also satisfying the need for social interaction during the workday. You can do as little or as much as you'd like. Go as far as involving a diverse group of coworkers from different parts of the building to take part in lunch hour walks, yoga sessions, or activities to add a more concerted wellness-focused break to your workday. These same activities can also be done before or after work to accommodate.
Workday-Ready Exercise Equipment
While they're less common than their sit/stand counterparts, treadmill or training bike desks are an option for those who need a little more workout during the workday. If you're working from home, try planning out a fun DIY to make a fitness-friendly solution to work with either your existing treadmill or stationary bike setup.
Not all treadmills are created the same. Take a look online at the oodles of available DIYs on YouTube, blogs, and on social media sites and find a tutorial that closely matches your treadmill. Remember that you'll want to make sure you have added as many beneficial safety features as possible to keep both yourself and your equipment safe. Anti-slip pads for your laptop or peripherals, well-secured straps, and high-quality materials will ensure that your treadmill desk build doesn't add more hazard to your workday.