The New York Times writer, Olivia Judson - who is also an evolutionary biologist - warns that "it doesn't matter if you go running every morning, or you're a regular at the gym. If you spend most of the rest of the day sitting in your car, your office chair, on your sofa at home you are putting yourself at increased risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, a variety of cancers and an early death. In other words, irrespective of whether you exercise vigorously, sitting for long periods is bad for you. That, at least, is the conclusion of several recent studies." Read the full article, "Stand Up While You Read This."
Most of us sit behind a computer for 8-hours a day Monday through Friday. And even if you go to the gym afterwards, it will benefit your health to get in a little exercise while sitting at your desk. Well, now there are apps that will help you do just that These desktop applications guide you through small scheduled exercise breaks - so by the end of the work day you can complete as much as 45-minutes of exercise.
Download any of the following apps and get up and moving every day! These exercises are not difficult, but be sure you are fit for exercise. If you have physical limitations, see a fitness professional for specific guidance.
This paid app (there is a free trial) reminds you to stretch at your desk. It offers more than 300 animated 3D stretches and exercises, plus more than 1,000 health and wellness advice tips. Download DeskActive app.
Exercise at your desk manager
This free app developed by Washington University School of Medicine delivers daily reminders with simple exercises you can do right at your desk.
BreakPal will pop up on your computer screen and remind you to exercise. This free app will direct you to a video with an exercise of your choice. There are a wide range of easy and fun exercises you can choose, from simple stretches to aerobics (if you dare to do them at in the office). Download BreakPal app.
This free app sends you reminders alerts daily or hourly (your choice) and gives you simple exercises to perform in your office. Download Office-Fit app.
Time Out Free
This free app sends you a reminder to take a break. While it does not offer exercises, you can use this time to take a walk or do these 8 Exercises You Can Do at Your Desk. Download Time Out Free app.
Washington University School of Medicine
New York Times