Kettlebells: Working out at Work
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Kettlebells: Working out at Work

Kettlebells can be a great way to keep in shape at work. They are portable and easily stored to give you an easy "break time" activity to keep you fit at work.

Kettlebells can be a great “at work” workout. When a friend suggested I include Kettlebells in my workout I had no idea what a kettlebell was. It was explained to me as a weighted ball with a handle and that is exactly what it is! I found the molded ball with built in handle at my local sporting goods store. They ranged in sizes and weights the lowest being 4 pounds all the way up to 25 pounds. Serious lifters can get them in heavier weights. I bought a 15 pounder with a bright rubber coating.

Kettlebell workouts include many lifting, swinging and holding moves to build muscle and burn fat; you will sweat when using Kettlebells! Check out the variety of moves for beginners here.

If you’re looking for a way to slim down or just stay more active at work a kettlebell may be just the thing. The handle makes them very portable and easy to bring into work. I brought mine into my office and loved that it stored neatly under my desk. Kettlebells being a single unit also appealed to me instead of storing a set of dumbbells under my desk that could roll away or get separated.

If you have an active job that has you walking from department to department grab your kettlebell. The added weight will burn a few extra calories and again the handle makes this a very portable item. You may want to work in a few lunges while you’re walking and this will look less strange to coworkers if you have a kettlebell in your hand.

While sitting at your desk it is easy to grab your kettlebell and do a few bicep curls or behind the head triceps extensions to build strength. If you have a bit of room you may want to try a few of the swinging or lunging moves on your breaks or in between tasks. Kettlebell moves are broken down into two groups, grind and ballistic. The grind moves you find will be more stationary and controlled while moves classified as ballistic will involve movements.

Kettlebells are addictive and the handle seems to cry out to be picked up. I was amazed at how much of a workout I got with a kettlebell. It is a great tool to build core strength. You will want to heed safety precautions if you’re using a kettlebell at work as they are heavy and will do damage or cause injury if used improperly. It’s always a great idea to clear your kettlebell use with your company first… but what company wouldn’t want fit employees trying to better their health?

This article is not intended to offer medical advice and persons should consult their doctor before starting any fitness routine.

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