Monday, 5 September 2016

Keeping fit at your desk #OfficeYoga

It often comes as a surprise to people when they learn that blogging is not my full time job and it is infact a hobby.  Outside of the Blogger bubble, I actually have a full time role, not your average 9-5 job but a job that that is demanding, can be long odd hours but gives me the flexibility to come and go as I need to.

I work in an actual office Monday to Friday and like many office workers, I am tied to my desk for most of that day replying to emails, dealing with queries and questions and dealing with people face to face.  Recently in the news, there has been a lot of noise about office workers needing to exercise for an hour a day to avoid an early death and sitting still for 8-9 hours a day is never going to be good for you anyway.  So my colleagues and I have taken on board some of the points made from these reports and as we get a whole hour (and a bit more) for lunch, we decided to go out and explore our local surroundings for that one hour, whether that is to the local park, walking further afield for lunch or, sad as it sounds, going out catching Pokemon.  The fresh air (as fresh as it can be in London anyway) does me a world of good anyway, I always feel much better when I have been outside, especially if it is sunny.

If getting out and about during the working day is something you find hard to do because of work pressures or other issues there are still things you can do.  #OfficeYoga is a term I have heard of more than once over the last few months, a friend of mine recently started up her own business going into offices and going 20 minute slots of yoga with office workers to show them how much a difference it can make to their lives.  Whilst she hasn't yet made it across to my office because we are undergoing a few renovations, she has insisted I have a better office chair than the one I currently have which severely lacks lumber support, so ive noted that point along with remembering to get up and move about.  Feeling good on the outside is just as important as feeling good on the inside and I do try and set myself a goal of getting to the end of a piece of work and then moving around, but if I am alone in the office, which for a few days of the working week I am, then Yoga at my desk, for me, is idea and this is how easy it is:
#Officeyoga
So if you find you offer suffer with a stiff neck, sore lower back, aching legs and feet, tight hips, sore shoulders and headaches, getting it, shaking it about, moving around and stretching will help minimise the discomfort and help with stress and tension which is a viscous circle of the aches and pains. I know if I am under stress along comes a headache and then the pain radiates down, if I can stop it happening then I am in.

Please do keep a look out for @Furniture_Work's #OfficeYoga campaign video 
coming soon!


*this post is a collaboration but all words are my own.

26 comments:

  1. Oooh what a great idea! I spend a lot of time at a desk, so these are very useful for me!

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  2. Love the sound of Office Yoga. I haven't worked in an office for a while but hated being stuck in a chair for hours.

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  3. I can imagine how people who work in an office day in and day out would love to try out the office yoga too! I wish I knew it when I had a desk job many moons ago ;)

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  4. Oh what a good idea!! Its sometimes hard to remember that you can do little things whilst sitting at your desk to keep your body active and moving!! I'll be trying these and I love that its called officeyoga!

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  5. Definately bookmarking this post to revert back to. I, like you, work a demanding office job but although I have an allocated lunch hour, I don't actually stop for my lunch I work through it and eat while I work. Not a good idea, I know but it's just what I have to do.

    I have suffered with on/off lower back pain for years. Yoga has been suggested to me over the years and I have tried it but never continued doing it. Office Yoga looks right up my street though!

    Carrie x
    CazmosWorld

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  6. OH well this is very useful! I am going back to Yoga tomorrow and this just means I can catch up at my desk too! Thanks for the tips ;) The Blonde B

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  7. This sounds like such a good idea, yoga is so good for both body and mind and having someone come into the office to show just how much difference it can make in a handy 20 minute slot is definitely a great thing! x

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  8. These are great ideas - I'm always shuffling and stretching in my desk chair as I get uncomfortable!

    Milly // Mini Adventures

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  9. Fab idea! Although I can imagine the stares i'd get in our house if I were to try this! :)

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  10. It's so scary how bad an office job can be for you. I worked a normal 9-530 Monday- Friday job and am shackled to my desk other than my hour lunch when I go home. Great tips x

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  11. This is such an amazing idea! I work at a desk all day and I've never thought of doing this, yet I'm always complaining about the fact I'm on my bum all day. I'm definitely going to be giving some of these a try!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

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  12. Ah this couldn't have come at a better time, I'm spending a lot more time sat down in my new job and my back has been getting sore, so will definitely be giving this a go in my lunch break! :)

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  13. When I am really busy I am one of those people who find it difficult to get away from my computer so this officeyoga is a really god idea.

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  14. I just started doing yoga and would love to try office yoga I think it would be a lot of fun!

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  15. I do worry about sitting down all day writing. I make sure I get a 30 min walk at least once a day. Office Yoga sounds like a brilliant idea

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  16. Keeping this bookmarked - I really need to get more exercise in as I'm always sitting at my desk.

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  17. Wow! I normally do normal stretching while seating for a long time, talking with my laptop. You gave an indeed great list for yoga! :)

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  18. I also would need office yoga, specially for my neck! x

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  19. What a great idea! I love yoga and I can incorporate these into my day easily enough xx

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  20. I will be trying Office Yoga in my home office. Sounds like fun.

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  21. Whoo I never though of this before. It looks a great idea :)

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  22. I think I would have got some very strange looks doing this at work lol

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  23. My shoulders constantly ache so I will definitely be trying these out at work. We have hot desking too so I'm sure I'll be able to do this without anybody getting weirded out with my yoga skills haha.

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  24. What a brilliant and useful post, I need to give this ago.

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  25. Will pass this on to my friends that work in an office x

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  26. I will be definitely trying those office yoga moves! They look very effective! :)
    http://lilinhaangel.com/

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