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6 Exercises That You Can Do At Your Desk!

Posted: 5th Jul 2018




On average, we spend about 9.5 hours a day sitting. Compare that to the 7.5 hours of sleep we are getting on average, we are doing a lot of sitting.

You probably commute to and from your job in a car or maybe you commute by train or bus, but you’re always sitting. You roll into the office and sit down at your desk and stare at your screensaver while listening to voicemails. Meetings, conference calls, and maybe even a little gossip session, probably all done while sitting.

At the end of the day, you sit down for the commute home where you most likely can’t wait to hit the couch.

See how much and how quickly it can all add up?

The good news is that with a little more activity throughout the day, we can actually reverse the inevitable weight gain; maybe even lose up to 20 pounds — associated with such a desk bound existence.

Here are a few basic exercises to do at your desk!

The Silent Seat Squeeze

Believe it or not, some exercises can be kept under wraps, and this is one of them. To start toning, simply squeeze the buttocks, hold for 5-10 seconds, and release. Repeat until the glutes tire. The results will be uplifting in more ways than one.

The Desk Chair Swivel

Lucky enough to have a fun swivel chair? Use its twirl to your advantage with this abs fix. Sitting upright and with the feet hovering over the floor, hold the edge of your desk with your fingers and thumb. Next, use the core to swivel the chair from side to side. Swish back and forth for 15 rounds.

The Posture Perfecto

Perfect posture is a must for long days at the desk! Adjust the chair height to make sure the feet, hips, and arms are at 90-degree angles to the floor. Engage the core to keep the back straight throughout the day. No slouching allowed!

The Fab Abs Squeeze

Another silent exercise; this one can be done secretly when walking down the hall or seated during a call. Simply take a deep breath and tighten the abdominal muscles, bringing them in towards the spine as you exhale. Stay squeezed for 5-10 seconds and release. Repeat for 12-15 reps.

The Stair Master

Want to avoid elevator small talk in favour of elevating the heart rate? Take the stairs! Try and take two at a time every other flight for a real leg burn.

The Shoulder Shrug

Not recommended for board meetings (unless you’re really on the fence). Simply raise both shoulders up toward the ears, hold for 5 seconds, and then relax. Repeat for 15 reps. Feeling unstoppable? Try advanced shoulder shrugs while standing and holding a paper ream in each hand.

Due to our desk bound lifestyles, including exercise into our daily routine is more important than ever. From controlling weight and combatting health conditions, to boosting energy and improving mood, the benefits are endless. Little changes here and there can go a long way in keeping you healthy and happy.

Above all, just don’t be lazy.