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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«A lot of people spend six or more hours a day sitting in the same pose. It is important to move around at least a little bit every now and then. In addition, it is possible to exercise at work,» says Euroaptieka’s healthy lifestyle movement ‘Tavs lielais izaicinājums’ expert Mikus Embrekts.

Sedentary work day reduces working ability

One of the major factors and measures to maintain good health, improve wellbeing and working ability is physical activity. According to data from the Disease Prevention and Control Centre, only 15% of adults follow recommendations of the World Health Organization and spend 150 a week on physical activities. «Many recommended exercises are easy enough to perform in the office. Unfortunately, technologies that help us in our everyday live also reduce people’s overall physical activity and increase the number of people suffering from occupational illnesses – osteochondrosis, obesity, spondylosis and other illnesses associated with a sedentary work,» Embrekts explains.

Physical exercises improve productivity

28% of residents spend at least 30 minutes on physical exercises two or three times a week, according to data from SPKC. «Properly chosen and performed exercises can help reduce stress at work. Success of a business, organization or institution largely depends on many mutually linked factors, including employee health and welfare,» the expert said.

Mikus also notes that there is no shame in trying to move around in the office. «The sense of insecurity should not bother you. If the employer does not organize collective exercises, try encouraging co-workers on your own. Don’t be shy. A couple of simple exercises can help improve the mood, unite the team and motivate one another,» the coach recommends.

It’s possible to do simple exercises in an office environment

Embrekts notes that it is possible to use an office desk or chair for everyday exercises. Having a printout with exercise can help organize exercise pauses in the office and motivate the team to move around. «Active pauses can be used to drive away signs of exhaustion – attention deficiency, motor coordination problems, sleepiness, etc. Performing five simple exercises takes about 5-7 minutes, but provides positive effect for the entire day,» Embrekts explains.

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