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Before I transitioned to working full time at Xyience, I used to work in the service industry. For years I had been a server, cocktail waitress or bartender and this was my first real office job. What I noticed within a few months was that the weight was creeping up on me without any deviation from my usual routine.  On a typical Friday night I had been walking anywhere from 3 to 8 miles just doing my job; taking dishes to the back, grabbing bottles, serving food and drinks.
 
These are a few of my favorite “office exercises” I try and do once a day at least. Feels great to move around and get the blood flowing plus I get a nice stretch.
 
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Wrist Stretch: I’m often surprised when I notice my wrists aching. Try this: extend your arm in front of you, palm up and grab the fingers with other hand. Gently pull the fingers towards you to stretch the forearm, holding for 20-30 seconds. Repeat on the other side. Be careful when you try this – when I say pull gently I mean it, I pulled way too roughly the first time.
 
Lower Back Stretch: Some of you may remember these from high school gym class or volleyball called “beauty queens.”  Sit tall in your chair and place the left arm behind left hip. Gently twist to the left, using the right hand to deepen the stretch, holding for 20-30 seconds.  Repeat on the other side. I find that if I hook my left arm over the back of the chair it increases my stretch dramatically and feels great!
 
Leg Extension: Sit tall in your chair with your abs in and extend the left leg until it's level with hip, squeezing the quadriceps. Hold for 2 seconds, lower and repeat for 10 reps. Repeat on the other side. I feel this in my calves too.
 
Chair Squat: While sitting, try and stand up without using your arms or your chair for balance. Repeat 10 – 15 times.  Remember to keep your chest up and your back straight. I do plenty of squats in the gym so this seemed very easy at first. But out of the gym and in the office makes it feel VERY different. Try it a few times and you’ll see what I mean.


By Aimee Sacksteder, Marketing Coordinator
Twitter: @AimeeRae23, @XYIENCE