Office Fitness Tips for the Holiday Season

Every year we all fall into the same trap. We walk into a family member’s home, catch-up with one another, maybe watch the game for a bit – then it happens. The thing you’ve told yourself time and time again wouldn’t happen again. After mentally preparing for days and promising you wouldn’t slip up this time you still fall into the same trap. Thanksgiving dinner wins again.

Everything from the turkey, to the biscuits drowning in gravy, to grandma’s irresistible homemade filling – it all renders you completely powerless. Before you know what hit you you’re filling up your plate for the third time wondering how much you can take home for leftovers.

Then the inevitable guilt sets in. You start thinking about your upcoming new year’s resolution to finally get back in shape, and how you just made it that much harder for yourself. But fear not! We at Ethosource have compiled some helpful tips to assist in shedding those unwanted holiday pounds and jump start your way into a healthy new year.

  1. Stop sitting for prolonged periods
  • Stretch at your desk
    • Stretching increases proper blood flow and nutrient supply to your muscles, making not only a positive impact on your health, but productivity as well.
  • Check your posture
    • Along with stretching you should avoid hunching or bending at your desk. Studies have shown that good posture can help you have more energy, less stress and avoid fatigue.
    • Desk exercises
      • Performing the exercises below will ensure you stay energized throughout the day.
              • Leg Lifters
                Sitting in your chair, lift one leg off the seat, extend it out straight, hold for 2 seconds; then lower your foot (stop short of the floor) and hold for several seconds. Switch; do each leg 15 times.
              • Shrugs
                Raise both shoulders up towards your ears and hold for a few seconds and release. Repeat a few times for good measure.
              • Squats
                From your chair, stand up, sit back down and repeat 10 more times.

These tips, paired with diet and regular exercise, will have you ready to take on whatever the holiday season may throw your way.