School snacks are definitely not what they used to be. Today’s pre-exam energy boost: bananas and bottled water! What’s interesting though is that these 11 and 12 year olds (most of them) happily grabbed the fruit and water, never complaining about their “healthy snack”. Rewind 15 years when I was that age, and I don’t think the kids in my class would have given the same response. It’s refreshing to know -or hope- that dietary preferences and choices are changing for our kids. Here in Calgary, there were nutritional guidelines set in place this year within all public schools that regulate everything from vending machines to cafeterias to the food that can be sold during school events/functions, not to mention the restaurants and vendors that can be used! I know that some people disagree with this philosophy (What?! No more bake sales and pizza parties?), but I truly believe this is a step in the right direction in creating a new wave of adults who don’t crave and require fast food within an elevator’s reach every day at work.
That cup holder looks a little small for my Starbucks traveller, though...
Office Exercises That Make Me Laugh Out Loud
(*Actual Fitness Professional Suggestions)
1. Step into a vacant room and do basketball defensive side shuffles around the perimeter as fast as you can!
2. Every time you make a trip to the printer, fax machine, bathroom…do walking lunges down the hallway! Hold your full coffee to further practice your balance!
3. While you are sitting at your desk, rapidly punch the air (left-right-left-right) above your head, while simultaneously tapping your feet as quickly as possible on the floor for 30 seconds. Repeat this 5 times.
4. Or you could even try this completely awkward manoeuvre:
Office Exercises That I Actually Want/Need To Do
Carpal Tunnel Preventative/Reliever Stretch
Stretch leg out and hold it up as high as you can for 5 seconds. Repeat 15 times and do other leg.
Seated Spinal Stretch
Sit up tall in your chair with one hand on your desk and the other on the back of your chair. Twist, looking directly behind you, and hold for 10-20 seconds. Release and rotate. Repeat 5 times.
Seated Hip/Glute Stretch
A pants only pose, ladies! (or perhaps a covered desk)
No one will ever know…
Tighten/flex the muscles of your glutes (aka bum muscles!) and hold for a count of 15. Repeat 10 times.
Here’s some more ideas:
One of my best pals Eryn (who is a physiotherapist) recently posted this on her Facebook page:
Well, after all of this focus on sedentary workaholism , I’m now prying myself OFF of this chair and outside for a walk with my little fur ball, and then getting a good sleep. I woke up late this morning and was totally frazzled, which is clearly demonstrated in the following “morning commute picture.” Protein Oats = distracted driving? Probably.