written by Lori Thiessen

Even though you are out of the office, doesn’t mean that you can avoid doing office exercises. Seem stupid. Not a bit of it. Since  we cafe commuters can end up spending a lot of time sitting, it is important to get up and move at regular intervals. This means more than just raising your hand to let the barista know that you need a fill-up, kids.

If you can, walk or cycle to your coffee shop office. Every little bit of exercise will add up to a great benefit.

Once you’ve set up your workspace, try to set a timer for about 30 minutes. When the buzzer goes, it’s time for you to move.

Get up, stretch, walk about a bit.

You should be moving about every 30 minutes or so to help keep your joints and back from complaining when you do get up.

There are stretches you can do while you sit.

Concordia University’s Environmental Health and Safety Department has a dandy list of different stretches you can do from your office chair, or for us cafe commuters your cafe chair. As with any form of exercise, make sure you check with your healthcare provider before starting, especially if you have any current health issues.

If you feel silly doing these exercises in the cafe, just think of the entertainment value you are providing for your fellow cafe commuters. Heck, you might even get them involved in doing a few stretches.

Q: What do you do to stay fit and healthy?

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll save your seat until next time!

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