How long do you sit at your desk?

woman sitting at desk

My job requires a lot of sitting.

I sit at a desk for about 8 hours a day (sometimes more) and so I understand the perils of the sedentary life.

The longer you sit, staring at a computer screen deep in concentration, the more lethargic you become, until you are ready to peel yourself off your chair and go home. It is hardly surprising many of us leave a work day feeling drained when research tells us we should be taking a “brain break” every 45 minutes! Fat chance you cry? Perhaps. But that is why getting yourself moving is so important.

Working through Jenny’s 8 week home fitness programme taught me that purposefully building some form of exercise into every day can make a huge difference to your energy levels. This could be as simple as a 20 minute walk, a half hour cycle, or a Tuffit workout to suit your mood and available time.

Whatever you do, do something.

The easiest slot for me is as soon as I get home. Before I do anything else, or sit down (again!) I know I need to raise my heart rate and just jump about for bit! This is particularly helpful after a more trying day when I’m in need of a mood booster too (the link between exercise and mental health has been well documented). So, you may be unsurprised to hear that a personal favourite Tuffit workout of mine is Dancing Queen.

Do I always feel like it? No, not really. But I do always feel better for it.

Sometimes you just have to let your head rule your body!

Jess xx


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