Last week we brought you a story about staying fit in your workplace, along with suggestions from readers about using standing or treadmill desks ( newsobserver.com/fitness).
Here are a few more tips from readers, followed by a list of tips from the Los Angeles Times.
1 Balance ball. Andrew Sleeth of Raleigh started using a balance or stability ball instead of a chair two years ago, and he loves it. I wouldnt think of using any other perch at work, he said. He combined the balance ball with a computer timer that reminds him to get up and move every 30 minutes. I perform a few squats, toe-touches and various other stretching movements to shake me out of my computer-induced torpor.
2 Stability disc. A little less obvious than the stability ball is a disc, which can be placed in your chair. Joan Ontjes of Chapel Hill said she improved her balance and stability while sitting at her desk by using a Yes4All model. It has gel inside and is designed to work on balance so, basically, Im kind of balanced all day, she wrote.
3 Stairs, stairs stairs! This is one we should all be doing already. Vanessa Castillo works in a building with four floors and says sometimes she goes up and down the stairs 102 steps up, 102 steps down several times a day. If shes wearing heels, she does it in her stocking feet. Its like my little secret, as I have never seen anyone else in the stairs! said Castillo. Well, not anymore!
4 Desk exercise videos. Kim Grimm of Cary recently found a series of desk exercise videos on YouTube and she doesnt mind that her office mates know shes exercising. Every day at lunch I try to get 10-15 minutes of something in, whether its exercises off one of these videos ... a couple of squats or just walking up and down the stairwell, said Grimm. If it is nice out, I will take 20 minutes or so and walk outside. Getting up and moving definitely helps to energize and improve concentration and I dont have that 3 p.m. slump.