Workouts at Work

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For whatever reason, sleepiness strikes during most workdays. It could hit right after lunch, after hours of only interacting with a computer, or it could be the result of a late night. Whatever the reason, exercise is proving to be a wake-up call for some.
Kelley simon is a technical writer, so she like many of us, faces a computer all day long. After she had her son a year and a half ago, she wanted to start working out, but it was hard to find the time at home. On her lunch break, she hits the treadmill. Her goal is to run RCU Classic in June, but there are more immediate benefits.
"I've found if I get up and move around, I'm a lot more focused when I come back. I do a better job," says Simon. "When you're trying to run your family and you're going 5 different directions being able to spend the time to do something for yourself is a great feeling."
It's a team effort for co-workers Kandy and Brenda. During their 15 minute breaks in the morning and afternoon, the pair hit the pavement, or if it isn't nice outside, they walk indoors. "The stairs give us quite the workout," Lange confesses.
The quick steps outside translate to more work at the desk. "Hopefully our supervisor sees the performance increase, but I have as well, I don't get as tired or as sleepy as the day goes along."
Other ways to take a productive break include skipping emails or phone calls and talking to the person face to face, or walking to the farther bathroom in the building.
"At the copy machine, at coffee break, even if you have three inch heels on, you can still get some exercise," suggests Vicki Funne Reed, a partner in Energize Eau Claire County. "Anything that gets your body moving a little bit is going to have a positive effect on you, not only physiologically, but psychologically."
If nothing else, consider it recess for grown-ups.

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