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Desk Fitness

INSTANT RUSH: An Online Lifestyle Magazine

September 2007 PREMIERE ISSUE

It might seem impossible to complete an exercise regimen while working a 60-hour work week – but here are a few tips on how to integrate physical activity into your busy week!

  • Choose 2 or 3 target areas: such as arms, legs, stomach. Set your alarm twenty minutes earlier than normal. This will allow you to do a few sets of crunches, lunges and push-ups to work on your target areas. Not only will you create firmer muscles in one month, but you will also have increased energy and mental clarity for your day. Just ten minutes of crunches can reduce food cravings and prevent back and shoulder pain!

  • Check out for a quick 15-minute desk workout with these on-line You-Tube generated videos. You can also check out The Alberta Centre for Active Living’s @ work videos, Yoga @ Your Desk and Stretching @ Your Desk.

  • The ten-minute exercise rule: If you can get your heart pumping for just 10 minutes 2-4 times a week, your cardiovascular system, circulation, digestion, metabolism and state of mind will thank you for it. The ten-minute rule is easy to stick to and you can do it anywhere. It will also inspire you to keep exercising for longer. This rule can be applied to any normal daily task like running errands or cleaning house. Take the stairs, dance around the kitchen, speed-walk while shopping! Your body and self-confidence will thank you for it.

  • For all women: Weight-bearing exercise is incredibly important. It is key for preventing osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and premature aging. It isn’t necessary for you to lift weights at the gym to receive these benefits. All kinds of activities such as carrying books or hauling heavy shopping bags can contribute to strength training. So the next time you take a trip to the grocery store – choose to carry out your bags rather then taking a cart or driving up!

  • Head to a local sports store and purchase a pair of lightweight runners, such as Rockport's WASHABLE suede/mesh walking shoes. They come in a stylish array of colours. Carrying these lightweight shoes with you will allow you to execute bursts of exercise throughout your day without causing any discomfort of injury. Taking the stairs or a spontaneous lunchtime walk will be a pleasant experience, as will walking home a few stops early from the bus stop.

Remember! Every minute you spend on yourself will add up to better overall health!

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