Deskercise- Exercises for the Workplace

Deskercise- Exercises for the Workplace

by Posted on: August 13, 2014Categories: LiveWell 24/7   


Desk jobs tend to have a negative effect on our health. Generally people with desk jobs experience weight gain, increased strain on their neck and back, loss of muscle tone and stress. However, just because you are stuck in an office doesn’t mean you can’t improve your fitness level and heart health in small ways. There are several different exercises designed for the office that you can do to combat the negative effects on your health. Here are a few you can try next time you are at work!

  1. Take the Stairs– Taking the stairs is a simple way to get in more cardio without disrupting your daily habits. It’s simple and effective!
  2. Wall Sits– This is a bit tougher than just taking the stairs over the elevator. Find some open wall space in your office or cubicle and press your back to the wall with your legs bent at a 90 degree angle as if sitting in a chair. Hold this position while you get some work done.
  3. Leg Lifts- This exercise is hidden beneath your desk so it is easy to do! Sit in your chair with your feet hovering over the ground and legs straight. Lift your feet up slowly and lower them back down to their starting position. Do as many reps as you can of these.
  4. Toe Taps– This is another exercise to do under your desk. For this, sit in your chair normally and lift your heels off the ground leaving your toes on the ground. Now tap your feet on the ground as fast as you can, alternating between right and left.
  5. Inner Thigh Squeeze– To try one more under the desk workout, grab a thick book or paper that is still in the packaging. Sit in your chair at your desk and place the book or paper between your knees and squeeze your legs together as tightly as possible to hold the object up.
  6. Abs Twist– If you have a swivel chair in your office, try this fun abs workout! Sit in your chair and raise your feet slightly off the ground. Use your abs to twist the chair and you will feel it! Grab the edge of your desk if you need support.
  7. Calf Raises– If you are waiting on the printer or for your coffee to finish brewing, try doing some calf raises. To do these, stand and put all your weight on the ball of your feet. Then lift your body up by pushing up onto your toes. You can alternate legs and do both at the same time.
  8. Simple Abs– You can do this exercise almost anywhere. Take a deep breath in and hold you abdominal muscles tight for 10-15 seconds then release. Do this several times and you will feel the burn!

Source: Greatist


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