The Little Things

It’s that time of year again, when the stores are gearing up for warmer weather, and the health clubs are growing with the soon-to-be spring/summer beach goers. This is the time of year when the New Year’s resolutions are slowly fading away as the stress and distractions of your job, activities at home, and the family schedule are becoming too packed. To this, you must say, “Stop!” Trying to fit fitness into the weekly routine can seem like the last thing anyone wants to do, but if you give yourself even ten to twenty minutes a day, you’ll find that it truly is the little things that can make a large difference. How, you ask? Studies are showing that prolonged sitting at desk/office jobs are leading to a shorter life span. Science Daily states, “The amount of time a person sits during the day is associated with a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and death, regardless of regular exercise, according to a review study published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine.” It may be hard to find times to exercise during the day, so here are a few tips that you can do at work that, if done consistently, will fit as seamlessly into your routine as checking your daily emails.

Let’s start in the parking lot. Save time and patience by skipping the rush to find the closest parking spot and pull into a spot that will give you a couple healthy extra strides. This way, you will have a few more moments to collect your thoughts and get your blood flowing for a productive day. Once inside the office, try getting to know your building even better than you do now! Is there a bathroom two doors down? Skip going there and try to find one on a different floor or farther away. The goal is to not think of moving around as a chore, but more of as a little break. If you can work 55 minutes out of the hour and give the extra five to some sort of physical activity, you will not only be aiding your health, you will be giving yourself a mental timeout. Try doing ten squats or lunges an hour, and by the end of the day, you will have done 80! If you are not feeling that ambitious, even doing leg, back, or neck stretches will help calm you down before a meeting or big presentation. Marquette Employee Wellness is also constantly offering classes throughout the day of all different kinds of activity.

If you can steal away for an hour, there are more tranquil yoga and meditation classes going on as well as cross fit and core classes for the more rigorous exercisers. Whether you feel like joining an intermural team, a group spin class, or an instructional program, there is a plethora of information on the Employee Wellness website about getting in shape. We are the little push you need that can help you stay motivated and get ready for a great spring and summer! Watch out for future university sponsored events as well such as the Walking/Couch to 5K Program, the Go Move challenge, and races through the Running Club!

1 Response to “Fitness”

  1. 1 Michelle February 10, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Thanks for the reminder! I don’t do these nearly often enough, but these are two short routines I try to incorporate into the day from time to time: and

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