When your mid-afternoon slump hits, you’re probably tempted to fight back with copious amounts of coffee and less-than-healthy snacks. But what your body really needs is a quick, 15-minute workout.
“Humans aren’t meant to sit as much as we do, especially at a desk job, because it stresses the spine and hips, leaving you feeling tired and achy,” says Jennifer McCamish, owner of Dancers Shape, a Pilates-based fitness studio in Austin, Texas, where she works with NFL players like Fozzy Whitaker and Emmanuel Acho. “That said, some of the most common issues are easy to fix. All you have to do is take a few minutes to stretch and alleviate stiffness.” So if you’re having a hard time keeping your eyes open at your desk, try McCamish’s 15-minute pick-me-up. You won’t even break a sweat.