Did you know that activity throughout the day leads to more than just a healthy body? Breaking a sweat leads to mental health benefits that include:
Relieving stress and lowering anxiety
Boosting happiness and improving mood
Boosting brain power and limiting cognitive decline
Sharpening memory and kick-starting creativity
Try these simple exercises for 5 minutes each day, working yourself up to 10 minute increments. You’ll be surprised how much you’ll be ready to tackle the rest of your workday.
Place your hands shoulder-width apart on the edge of your desk and move your feet back about three feet from your desk. Lower your chest down as far as you can while keeping your back and legs in a straight line. Slowly push back up until your arms are fully extended and repeat.
Sitting on the edge of your chair, place your hands on your armrests. Holding your knees together, slowly pull them up and to your chest. Hold for three seconds and slowly lower down. Repeat. Remember to keep your back straight and focus on using your stomach muscles to help strengthen those abs!
Standing 6 – 9 inches in front of your chair (facing away), hold your arms straight out in front of you and slowly bend your knees until your bottom almost comes in contact with the chair. Slowly stand back up and repeat without ever fully sitting down in the chair or using your arms to assist you.
Now that you've got your body energized again, don't forget to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate to keep your brain cells healthy and happy.