by Zoe Ennis, Solicitor, Arthur Cox
Static body, static mind: a concept desk-bound workers are all too familiar with!
As an active pilates enthusiast, I often find the physical constraints of my desk are reflected in a more rigid mindset.
Unfortunately, we don’t live in an ideal world where taking out a yoga mat beside your desk is acceptable… so what is the solution?
In the wise words of Pieter Willem Botha – “Adapt or Die”. This may come across dramatic, however, incorporating a few simple habits into your daily life, can produce far from simple results.
So try it, move your body to inspire your mind:
- The lift is no longer an option anywhere; I am talking office, airports, client meetings. Visualise a permanent out of order sign on the lift doors. Suddenly your heart starts beating on the way to your desk – don’t underestimate the benefits of light cardio!
- Stand at your desk. To fully commit, purchasing a sit-stand desktop is an investment your body will thank you for in the future. If this seems a little too much, allocate 5 minutes per hour where you take your documents or handheld device walking to catch up on valuable work and leg stretching time.
- Finally, learn the worth of water, the effects dehydration has on your body knows no bounds. You wouldn’t let your glass go empty on a Saturday night… so be as strict on yourself in work!
So remember look after your body, because no one else will.
Zoe Ennis, Solicitor at Arthur Cox