As strange as it may sound, you can, in fact, get some exercising at your desk. If you’re always in too much of a rush to hit the gym, why not try some simple stretches and exercises during your workday? Besides, the post-workday rush at the gym could always prove to be too hectic. In this week’s blog, we’ll give you some tips for exercising at your desk.
Begin Exercising at Your Desk
- Start by lifting one leg away from your chair. Straighten it out until it is fully extended. Hold this pose for 2-5 seconds before releasing and switching to the other leg. Switch back and forth between your legs 15 times, for 15 reps with each leg.
- Posture is always important. Ergonomics will help, for sure, but be sure to stretch out your back, neck, and shoulders from time to time. Sit up straight in your chair and bring your arms above your head. Hold this pose for at least 10 seconds, then release. Try switching between arms and lift each hand higher than the other. Try 10 reps of this position.
- Get your desk and armrests in on the action, too. Using your desk as an anchor, roll until your arms are at full extension, with your head in between your arms. Pull yourself until you are sitting up again, and then go through 10-15 repetitions of this position. With your armrests, you can push yourself out of the chair and lower back down 10-15 times as well.
For the More Advanced Exercisers
The following tips are for more advanced exercisers. If you’re feeling more confident in your abilities, feel free to try these out sometime:
- Start by rolling your chair back again. Catch your heel on the edge of your desk. Be sure your leg is fully extended and straight. Sit up and bend to engage your hamstrings, and hold down your knee if your leg refuses to stay straightened out. Hold this pose for 10 seconds. Point your feet, too, and try both legs.
- Balance yourself on the edge of your desk. Go into a plank position and complete 15 push ups. Be sure your desk can support you. If not, try a nearby wall.
- If you’re waiting for a slow-moving printer or for a web page to finish loading, get in some squats. Keep your back straight and lower your knees toward the floor. Do 3-5 squats, then switch legs.
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