Chances are you spend most of your day sitting and hunched over your computer—and that’s not good for your health, creativity or productivity.
When you hunch, says BJ Dowlen, founder and CEO of The BodyWorks Ball, you’re cutting off the oxygen to both lungs and brain. “Take little breaks, stretch and move,” she says, “You’re not just working your muscles, but also getting a dose of those natural feel-good hormones, endorphins. And a happy worker is more productive, less stressed and more grounded.”
Here are some of our thoughts for creating those little breaks. All are easy to do, whether at office or home.
- Got wall—or floor? Grab a ball or foam roller and get rid of those kinks
We love the Bodyworks Ball (www.bodyworksball.com). When you lean up against the wall to use it– oh, baby!
Foam rollers are especially great for aching and tight calves and want to give yourself a little ART (Active Resistance Technique.)
Treat your feet: High heels won’t just give you foot ailments like bunions and hammertoes, but they’ll throw your entire center of gravity off, explains “Toe Whisperer” Gary Williams. That hurts!
Massage your feet by rolling them over a ball. Gary Williams also recommends taking a few minutes to talk around with knees connected, as if they’re taped together, to give the lower extremities a boost.
- Indulge—in moderation! Sometimes you just need a moment to stop, smell and savor a treat. Dark, raw chocolate is yummy and healthy, full of flavanoids, antioxidants and nutrients. Just remember: Everything in moderation!
- The office “spa” Turn lunch time into a 45 or 50-minute yoga class; the deep breathing and movement will calm and rejuvenate—and you’ll be ready to go back and face the afternoon challenges.