Article Roundup – Fitness Edition: stand up desk exercises, foam rollers and zombies!

Our article roundup this week focuses on fitness. It might make you feel better to read this while jogging in place … or at least while using your stand up desk.

If you love MyFitnessPal or can’t live without your FitBit, you might be interested in this story from NPR. Fitness apps and self-monitoring devices are great for tracking progress and getting how-to information, but they really struggle with providing proper motivation for their users. What kind of motivation would get you to move more? If your answer is “zombie attack” then you’re in luck!

Desk exercises! Who doesn’t love them? But let’s be honest, knocking out some jumping jacks or squats at your stand up desk can make you feel a little… conspicuous. (don’t even think about downward facing dog pose!) So here are 3 desk exercises you could probably do without calling too much attention to yourself. It also includes a link to an article on how to exercise at work without being “that guy”.

On the other hand, if you’re not afraid to throw down a plank or two at work, then check out this list of 10 ways to beat sitting disease from Oprah-approved health guru, Dr. Oz and his pal Dr. Roizen from the Cleveland Clinic.

One thing Oz and Roizen DON’T cover is how often you should be squatting during the day. No, not the workout kind of squats – the semi-sitting kind that you might do in a tent or around a fire. The author of this article says the Western world has replaced squatting with chair sitting and our bodies have suffered for it. The good news is that it’s not sitting, the bad news is that there’s no such thing as a “squatting desk”. So, what do you think about adding “the squat” to your regular daily routine?

And finally, all this running, squatting, and exercising can leave your muscles in need of a little love. But if you don’t have the time (or the cash) for a spa massage, then pony up $20 for a foam roller and read this article by a stand up desk user about how to use it to create happier muscles!


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