Even if you are stuck behind a desk most of the day doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze in a few exercises every now and again. Many people seem to think they have to go sweat it out at a gym for an hour in order to get the full benefit of a workout….not true, my friends! Making exercise fit into your schedule and a part of your overall lifestyle is the key.
Try these desk exercises out the next time you are in the office. Trust me, you’ll feel the effects and thank me (or hate me) later.
Stand up with your back to the edge of your desk (or cubicle). Place your hands directly behind you on the desk with elbows straight. Walk your legs out until they are at about 45° angle from the floor. Slowly bend your elbows keeping your back straight and elbows at your side; then raise yourself back up. All of the work should be done using your triceps which is the back side of your upper arm. Exhale as you lower and inhale as you raise back up. Do a set of 20 repetitions. Or time yourself to do as many as you can in 30 seconds.
Stand up straight with your back against the wall. Then slide your body down the wall and bending your legs until your thighs are parallel to the floor. You can lightly place your hands on your thighs or hold them in a prayer position in front of you. Hold this for as long as you can. The more you feel your thighs shaking the more work you are doing.
Chair Ab Curl
Sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor. Place your arms either on top of your desk or resting on the arms of your chair. As you exhale contract your stomach muscles and pull them in towards your spine. (Think of someone punching you in the stomach.) Inhale to release. Repeat this for 20 reps.
Any time you need a quick break from the computer you can repeat these exercises and will immediately feel refreshed.