So I think we all know that we are “supposed” to be healthy. And I’m sure, at least to some degree, that we all want to be. But that’s pretty hard to accomplish with a sit-on-your-butt all day desk job. It’s not so bad on really hot days, or nasty cold days that make you grateful you aren’t a delivery driver. But as your butt goes numb, your knees start to cramp, your ankles swell and all those snacks you’ve consumed out of sheer boredom start to pop the seams out of your pants, you wonder just how great a job like this can be.
There’s only one solution. Bathroom Yoga. And it’s exactly what it sounds like. Think about it: intermittent exercise throughout the day keeps your mood uplifted and your blood flowing. Some larger corporations have even installed gyms for employee use right in their buildings. Of course, you can only use these before or after work, or on your lunch break. And if you aren’t one of the lucky souls that can watch your coworkers sweat to the oldies in between reports, you have to find another alternative. This is where Bathroom Yoga comes in.
Here’s how it works: When you take a break, or you just feel like your blood has turned to sludge, spend a little extra time in the bathroom. There are lots of exercises you can do inconspicuously in either a single bathroom or a bathroom stall, that take very little time but help get your blood pumping. These aren’t all necessarily yoga poses; some are just plain calisthenics or stretches. What makes Bathroom Yoga ideal is that it doesn’t require any exercise equipment, nor much time or space.
Today in the first installment of Bathroom Yoga, we take a look at the wall pushup. Simply place your hands on the wall (make sure it’s sturdy if it’s a stall partition, cause, you know, that could be embarrassing) about shoulder width apart. Stand with your feet together, about three feet away from the wall. Then…well…do a pushup! Just lean your body in toward the wall, and then push back upright with your arms. Not only does the wall pushup provide an easy way to ditch Desk Chair Syndrome, it’s beats the hell out of doing regular pushups on the floor! For more information about wall pushups, check out this article.
Stay tuned for the next installment of Bathroom Yoga!
Disclaimer: The Uptight Hippie and it’s author(s) do not in any way endorse you to do engage in any activity that could jeopardize your job or even get an evil glare from your boss. We also advise you to consult with a physician before beginning any exercise regimen (even if it’s taking place in the bathroom). The Bathroom Yoga series is intended solely for the purpose of entertainment.
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