The Afternoon Energy Boost You’ve Got to Try

No more excuses about working long hours. Now you can do small moves to boost your heart rate, increasing energy and mood!

Full-time American employees work an average of 47 hours per week. That’s a lot of time to be sitting at a desk, right? Not only is it bag for your posture and dexterity, but it can seriously drain your energy, too. It’s tough enough to get through the day, but staying inspired enough to then go work out after work? No chance.

Thankfully, people have become aware of this and are doing small things at their desk each day to keep their blood flowing, heart rate up and energy boosted. Try these moves for yourself and see how much more energy and veracity you have for taking on your daily tasks. It may look a little funny, but once people see how much benefit these moves provide, they’ll be asking you to host a daily class. Also, don’t get it twisted, this is not a substitute for actual working out, these are simply a way for you to take a few minutes away from work to keep yourself energized and healthy.

Push the Sky

Stand, walk in place and push your hands toward the ceiling as if you were raising the roof. Do it for 20 reps. This will allow blood to flow to the entire body and get your heart rate up just a bit.

Knee Ups

Stand and put your elbows into your sides. Extend your forearm forward and then hold there. Bring each knee up to your hand individually. Repeat for 20 reps (10 for each knee). It doesn’t need to be speedy, but it will definitely keep your energy up.

Air Punches

These are pretty much just what they sound like, except they don’t need to be with real force (unless you’re pissed at your boss, then go for it). Cross the punches over your chest towards the opposite direction of the arm you’re using. Repeat for 20 reps (10 with each arm).

Desk Pushups

Use the edge of your desk, stand a couple of feet away from the edge and push your body weight up and down for 10 reps.

Walking

Yup. It’s absolutely awesome to take a stroll around the office. If you have a meeting with someone in a different department, propose that you take a walk while discussing the contents of your meeting. It’s a great way to boost creativity as well. Walk for at least 10 minutes for best results.

That’s it! Perform these moves once your Chipotle starts to induce an afternoon coma and you’ll be so glad you did.

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