At a time when most of us are regretting the over indulgence of the festive period, London City Airport has carried out some research amongst its staff to see how fitness friendly certain roles are.
The results are in and it seems that working in an airport could be one of the fittest jobs around.
Did you know that baggage handlers process 7,150kg of bags by hand per day – heavier than an African elephant!
That airport managers walk an average of 9.1 miles per day, whilst cabin crew knock up around 3 miles!
The NHS estimates that around 4 out of 5 of us have typical ‘desk’ jobs, and therefore many of us aren’t active enough during the average 7 hour working day.
So, in conjunction with Julian Dominique, Fitness Instructor at University of East London, they have put together 7 ‘Desk-ercise’ tips. Check them out…
1. Chair Squats
Placing your hands across your chest simply sit to stand from your chair, making sure that your feet are positioned hip width apart with your ankles under your knees. Challenge yourself and improve your balance as well by performing the squat on one leg. A great exercise to tone up your thighs and increase lower body strength.
2. Seated Hamstring Stretch
This is a good stretch to help bad posture and can reduce the symptoms of back ache which can occur from prolonged seating or repetitive strain. Sitting in the front of your chair, place one leg straight and the other bent. Point the toes of the straight leg to the ceiling and lean forward. Hold the stretch for 20 seconds.
3. Chair Dips
Making sure that your chair is secure, place both hands on the front of the seat and lower your body toward the floor by bending your elbows. Push through the palms of your hands to lift the body back up and then lower and repeat. To increase the intensity, try this exercise with straight legs.
4. Seated Chest Stretch
Place both hands behind your back, or the back rest of your chair. Keeping the chin up and your back straight, lift the chest and squeeze your elbows back towards each other. This is a great stretch for posture improvement if you spend your days typing at a computer or carrying items. Hold the stretch for 20 seconds.
5. Tuck Crunches
Sitting in the front of your seat, place both of your hands onto the seat behind you and lift your feet off of the floor. Keeping your back straight, lean back slightly. Holding this “V” position lower your feet towards the floor (without touching) and lift them again, repeat as many times as you can.
6. Torso Rotations This can be performed standing or seated and is a great movement to keep your spine mobile and healthy whilst stretching the muscles in your back. Keeping your lower body facing forwards, rotate the trunk trying to keep your neck and head also in line with your spine. Perform this “torso twist” in a slow and controlled manner only rotating as far as your back will allow.
7. Head Tilts This is a great move to stretch the neck and can help to reduce aches and pains in the upper back muscles as well as reoccurring headaches. Simply tilt your head towards your shoulder and hold. You can also perform half circles from left to right for an increased reduction in neck tension.