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What can I do to exercise when I’m at the office? 

Many people who have sedentary jobs, sitting and working at a desk all day have experienced problems with their lower or upper bodies, their necks, their legs and possibly other areas of the body. This is a common problem, and a serious one that could lead to worse complications if not resolved in the early stages.

Try sitting on an exercise ball at work instead of a chair and move forward or backward from the waist only. This can help keep your joints flexible and prevent them from stiffening up by sitting too long in the same position.

Another exercise can help to strengthen your upper body. Stand up, put your hands on your desk and do simulated push-ups. This helps exercise your arms and legs and also helps keep your joints limber. Start with a few at a time, then work up to a larger number that you’re comfortable with. Remember, a healthy body produces a healthy mind. Stay fit at the office, and you’ll be on your way toward that goal.

For more exercise information, contact The Fitness Principle with Mackie Shilstone at East Jefferson General Hospital, at 504.457.3100 or go to www.ejgh.org/thefitnessprinciple.

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