Workplace Fitness

Day 21: Neck resistance

Today's quick office exercise is designed to increase the strength of your neck muscles. According to Livestrong.com, stretches that utilize resistance provide stress relief, mobility, and range-of-motion.

Day 20: Waist stretches

If you do these stretches directly to the side without allowing your body to lean forward, you will feel a nice stretch in your side and waist.

Day 19: Invisible chair: Ab, back, and thigh toner

According to author Shirley Archer in "Fitness 9 to 5", "Spending a few extra minutes each day in your invisible chair tones up your abs, back, and thighs. Building more muscle mass boosts your metabolism for more calorie burn even while you sleep!"
Practice Management

A cautionary tale: Busy season can be life threatening

During the tax season of 1995-1996, Norm Lorch was not feeling well. He had a sore throat, but told himself it would go away. In any case, he did not have time to go to a doctor. Lorch is principal of Owings Mills, Maryland-based Norman J. Lorch, Chartered.

Day 18: The Lunge

This is a great exercise to improve the flexibility in the quadriceps and glute muscles as well as to improve your overall coordination and sense of balance.

Day 17: Chair sit-ups

Today's exercise was sent to us from fitness expert Cindy Whitmarsh, an author, television personality, studio instructor, and nutrition and fitness consultant to athletes.
Workplace Fitness

Fitness expert provides tips for office workers

This is the time of year when we are all excited about making positive changes in our lives! This is also the time that some of us start to lose will power and forget our New Years' fitness resolutions!

Day 16: Ankle stretches

This exercise brings blood flow to your feet and creates more mobility in the feet and ankles so your feet and ankles will support you the way you depend on them during your daily life.

Day 15: Tricep stretches

Today's exercise comes from the National Institutes of Health. You can use this exercise to strengthen the muscles in the back of the upper arm. You can do this exercise while sitting at your desk or you can stand up.

Day 14: 20:20 eye relaxation

Today’s quick exercise is more a relaxation technique than an exercise, but it is designed to relieve stress and relax your eyes. Loyal reader Steve Grimaud submitted this exercise that was recommended by his doctor for accountants and others who continuously focus on close-up work.

Day 12: Yoga tree pose

Improve your balance with today’s quick yoga posture The book, Office Yoga, by Darrin Zeer, recommends that you try this pose just before going into a meeting or taking a call.

Day 11: Mental exercises

Nearly every dose of Workplace Fitness we have provided for you these last two weeks has involved stretching and relaxing one muscle or another. But what about the noggin? You have been wracking your brain for hours and hours, day after day. Doesn't it need a healthy stretch, too?

Day 10: Power napping boosts energy

Some say that power napping is the key to success. Many businesses have recognized the tremendous payback to their employees when time is allowed for Power Napping. You too can run and run like the Energizer Bunny!

Day 9: Toe-ing the line

The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, the organization dedicated to providing education, research, and training of orthopaedic surgeons and other health care providers, suggests that it's important to keep our little piggies in good shape.

Day 8: Take a walk

Rather than sitting all day, try finding ways to insert walking into your routine - it will keep the circulation moving, stretch your muscles, reduce stress, improve productivity, lower bad cholesterol, raise good
Workplace Fitness

Promoting healthy habits on a budget

Encouraging wellness and fitness in the workplace does not require a large budget or a huge effort. Sometimes, it just requires a little opportunity and a bit of encouragement.

Day 7: Wall Posture

This simple exercise is designed to directly counteract the unhealthy neck and upper back posture found in people who work at desk jobs.

Day 5: Shoulder and Arms Stretches

Standing up to stretch can improve circulation (especially in your feet and legs) and relieve the neck and back stiffness that comes from prolonged sitting. It's important to get up regularly throughout the day!

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