Let’s Get Physical

We have a new piece of furniture at 20KGroup.

Modeled by our most athletic employee, obviously.

It’s not the prettiest, but it serves a very important purpose. It is way too easy to convince ourselves that sitting at a desk all day is the best way to be productive. After all, with so much work to do, who has time to get up and take a walk? Unfortunately, multiple studies have shown that attitude is detrimental not only to our health, but to our work, as well. One of the many benefits of exercise is increased energy and focus throughout the day. In fact, folks that exercise during their workday have been shown to be 23 percent more productive than their sedentary counterparts.  And listen up, Millenials – it will make your life easier down the road to get and stay in shape now, as tempting as it may be to count on your glorious metabolism, says Dr. Perry Bickel of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. And what about those mythical endorphins?
Physical activity helps to bump up the production of your brain's feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. After some exercise in almost any form, you'll often find that you've forgotten the day's irritations, says the Mayo Clinic. “As you begin to regularly shed your daily tensions through movement and physical activity, you may find that this focus on a single task, and the resulting energy and optimism, can help you remain calm and clear in everything that you do.” “But we don’t have an elliptical in the office,” you say. “Also, why would I want to take a walk around the block? It’s hot out.” (This is Texas, after all.) Lucky for you, there are several exercises you can do right at your desk that will serve the purpose of getting your heart rate up without turning you a disheveled mess. So, next time you’re feeling overwhelmed at work, resist the urge to “buckle down” and hunch over the keyboard until your back gives out. You’re not doing yourself or your coworkers any favors. Instead, take a page from the wise Olivia Newton John:
And just get physical.

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