Monday, 12 October 2015

Is Deskercise The Next Big Workout Trend?

From the vibrating belt machines of the 1960s and ‘70s to the spandex-clad home workout videos of the ‘80s and ‘90s, there’s certainly been no shortage of fitness trends over the years. Right now, desk exercises are making waves among the health conscious around the world. But what exactly do these routines involve, and could they be the next major fitness phenomenon?
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Imaginative ways to stay active

The fact is, many of us lead far too sedentary lives. After spending a full working day at our office desks, it’s common for people to head home to pass the evening on the sofa watching TV, reading or browsing the web. Also, it can be tricky for people to squeeze regular sessions at the gym into their routines. However, with a little imagination, it is possible to stay fit. Rather than resigning themselves to days of inactivity in the office, an increasing number of people are turning their workstations into mini-gyms to boost their fitness levels while at their desks. For example, office chairs around the UK are being used for impromptu yoga sessions. Look around your workplace to see if you can see colleagues contorted into positions like the ‘seated twist’, the ‘shoulder opener’ or the ‘forward fold’.

Specialist office fitness equipment is also an increasingly common sight in workspaces around the world. From standing desks and compact under-desk cycles to elaborate purpose-built workstation treadmills, there are a host of products that people can buy to bolster their health in the office.

The health benefits

It may still be in its infancy, but deskercise looks set to increase in popularity. After all, medical evidence concerning the dangers of prolonged periods of inactivity is building. Studies have suggested that sitting for too long on a regular basis is linked to an increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers and premature death.
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The largest piece of research to date in this field, which involved nearly 800,000 individuals, found that compared with people who sat the least, those who sat the most were 147 per cent more likely to experience cardiovascular problems and were at a 49 per cent increased risk of death from any cause.

Watch this space.................

Given the clear incentives for staying active during the working day, it seems likely that exercising at your desk could be the next big workout trend. So, if they aren’t already, treadmills, cycles and standing desks could become a feature of your workspace in the near future.

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