You wake up in the dark for your morning run, and are back for breakfast before most people hit snooze. You are a runner – by design if not by trade. So what can you do to stay active during the day if your 9 to 5 gig chains you to a desk?
Here are 5 of our favorite ways to keep the blood moving during the workday:
Moving through just a few yoga postures (or asanas) can wake up your muscles and your mind. Many yoga poses can be done without a mat or yoga props, making them easy to fit into a quick work break.
Joanna says: “My few minutes of yoga stimulate so many muscles and make them feel more relaxed. I always feel calm and clear-minded afterwards. Basically, it’s wonderful.”
Lindsay says: “Wearing CEP Progressive Running Compression Socks at work after a hard workout helps me feel like I’m rejuvenating my legs…you beat yourself up and then you treat yourself well!”
Help loosen up tight muscles and relax with the Pro-Tec Roller Massager. This versatile gadget can be used to roll out tightness or to provide trigger point release.
Randy says: “I use the Roller Massager to help my sore calves and quads recover from a hard workout. The soft foam pieces are less harsh than plastic rollers, but firm enough to get the job done.”
If you’ve been plagued by plantar fasciitis, try the Pro-Tec Plantar Fasciitis Massage Balls. Rolling these wooden balls under your bare feet can help alleviate pain and promote foot flexibility.
Daniel says: “Using these at work actually helps me to fidget and stay active. My plantar was a problem spot for me, and these offer a soothing, relaxing massage.”
Simple, we know, but just by standing up you can engage more muscles, help increase blood flow to your brain and ward off stiffness. Try standing while on the phone or completing other tasks that do not require a computer.
Alice says: “I feel more in touch with my body when I’m able to move around during the day. Standing while I work helps keep my muscles fresh and my mind limber.”
What are your top tips for staying training-session ready even with a desk job?