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Self Magazine is a great resource for practical health and wellness advice and this 10-minute workout–that you can do at your desk–is a great example.

Stretching reduces fatigue and increases blood flow to your muscle groups so doing it during the workday is actually a time-saver. You’ll be minimizing the likelihood of back problems and sore muscles, and that’s just for starters.

Lately, we’ve been hearing that too much sitting is comparable to smoking and other high-risk habits so taking the time to stretch and to do it consistently, is a health precaution against more than back pain. Plus, you’ll feel more limber, will reduce your body temperature and be a little more focused for the remainder of your workday.

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Let’s do this!

Try these tips to make a habit of stretching.

  1. Put a recurring meeting on your calendar so you don’t forget.
  2. For mental reinforcement, practice other healthy habits like having snacks at your desk.
  3. Invite your cubicle mates and work colleagues to join you.
  4. Add fun: Put the video on mute and stretch to your own playlist.
  5. Envision the person you want to be tomorrow and in 5 years.
  6. Don’t make excuses: When you don’t have 10-minutes, do 5. *

VURB TIP: * Never make time your excuse for not doing what’s important. 

Psyche Yourself Up

If you’re afraid you’ll look foolish doing it at your desk; don’t!  As I and others can tell you from experience, a couple wise guys may snicker at first, but if you stick with it, you’ll become a legend in your office. The reality is, everyone wants to carve out time for healthy habits like these, but don’t. You’ll be showing them the way.

Of course, you’re ultimately doing this and any healthy habit for your best self. And for that reason, and especially if you see that it’s helpful, what anyone else thinks is irrelevant.

 


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Christine Angelica

Christine is a lifestyle coach who believes the way we live affects everything we do, especially our motivation. She's also a mindful living educator living in Los Angeles, California.