The honey making process begins with a creature that’s smaller than the size of your finger tip: the inconsequential little bee we’ll call Buzzy.
Buzzy sucks the nectar from a flower, and when his nectar sacs are full, he returns to the hive to deliver the load which creates the honey we use on our breakfast toast and tea.
Can you imagine that because of the daily actions of little bees, mass amounts of honey are produced?
If you’re struggling for time, you don’t need a long gym workout to see results. Obviously longer is better for your health, but little bits count to build your fitness and resilience.
With micro bursts of exercise throughout the day you can still reach your health goals.
Below are 11 ways you can exercise from your desk without anyone thinking you belong in the loony bin.
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- Foot dance
Sit at desk. Speedily and vigorously dance with your feet on the floor under your desk.
- Penguin flap
Standing in the toilet cubicle, start with arms by your sides and palms facing behind. Keeping your arms straight, flap them backwards and forwards like a penguin for 20 – 30 seconds. Stop. Repeat 12 – 15 times.
- Toilet jog
Trot on over to the toilet cubicle. Jog on the spot with vigour for as long as you can. Return to desk. Repeat every hour.
- Paper plod
Go to the printer. Scratch around for a ream of paper. Return to desk. Sit. Put the ream of paper between your knees and press legs inward, using your inner thighs. Squeeze for 30 – 60 seconds while checking Facebook (tongue in cheek – other social media sites are available…..!!).
- Leg lift
Sit at desk. Straighten one or both legs and keep in place for 5 seconds or more. Without touching the ground, return the leg. Lift and repeat 15 times. If you need to add weight, pop your purse onto your ankles.
- Butt tone
Sit. Squeeze butt. Hold for 5 – 10 seconds. Release. Repeat 15 times.
- Stapler curl
Grab a heavy stapler or a filled water bottle. Sit at desk with arms at your side, holding the object of your choice. Bend your elbow and curl the arm up towards your chest, just like you would at gym when you do a dumbbell biceps curl. Hold for 2 seconds and then lower the stapler back down. Repeat 12 – 15 times. Switch.
- Prayer hands
Sit at desk with your feet flat on the ground. Place your palms together in front of your chest and push both hands together with force until you feel it in your arms. Keep your hands pushed together for 20 seconds while thanking God for your blessings.
- Howdy-do you
Sit at desk. Place feet flat on the floor. Grip hands together as if you’re shaking hands with yourself. The thumb of one hand should be pointing to the floor and the other pointing to the ceiling. Pull and hold for 10 seconds or more. Let go. Repeat 15 times.
- Shrug bug
Sit or stand. With arms at your sides, raise both shoulders up toward your ears in a shrug. Hold for 5 seconds. Release. Repeat 15 times.
- Just breathe
The cool down
After my mother gave birth to her first baby, she needed to lose 44 pounds. In those days, you stayed in hospital for 10 days after giving birth. In those 10 days, she developed the habit of eating 2 biscuits with tea every day.
When she realised the habit was not helping her to lose weight, she stopped it, and started doing 20 repetitions of scissor-legs each day. Within a few months, her weight dropped to normal and her stomach flattened.
That was it!
So don’t let time constraints stop you from achieving your goals. A little bit each day is powerful.