Working at your desk all day can put extra stress on your body. Because of this, it’s important to stay fit while you’re working at your desk all day. There are plenty of easy, beneficial exercises that you can do while you’re sitting at your desk, or working in the office. Here are 10 easy exercises you could do when you are at work.
1. Do Some Head Lollers
When you’re working behind a computer all day, your head and neck could become stiff. Loosen them by letting your head loll over so that the left ear nearly touches your shoulder. Use your hand to press your head a little lower for 10 seconds. Repeat the same exercise using your right ear.
2. Try Some Victory Stretches
This easy exercise is great for relieving stress and keeping your muscles from clenching up. You could stay seated or stand up for this exercise. Raise your hands up overhead in a V-shape and stretch high up. Hold for 10 seconds.
3. Do Wall Sits
This exercise is great for building strength and endurance while taking a phone call. It’s also great for your back. You will stand with your back against the wall, bend your knees and slide your back down the wall until thighs are parallel to the floor. Sit and hold this position for 15 seconds.
4. Clench Your Muscles
A muscle strengthening exercise that you can do while sitting or standing. All you have to do is tighten your buttocks for five seconds, relax and repeat 15 times. If you do this exercise regularly, it could help tone your muscles.
5. Squat at Your Printer or Your Fax Machine
Try doing this exercise when you are standing at your printer and waiting for something to print, or standing at your fax machine and sending a fax or receiving a fax. Squatting is great for strengthening the thighs and buttocks. Stand with your feet together, bending the knees slightly until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Hold this position for five seconds and then release it. Repeat this exercise. Do 4-6 repetitions.
6. Raise Your Legs While Sitting
This exercise is great for adding strength to your legs and abdomen. Try doing this while sitting down on a conference call and nobody’s watching. Straighten your leg while sitting upright in your seat. Hold it in place for 10 seconds. Repeat with the other leg and then do this 15 times for each leg.
7. Do Some Chair Dips
These are easy exercises you can do to strengthen your core and arms. Be sure you’re using a chair that doesn’t roll away. Scoot up to the front edge of the chair, extend your legs out in front of you and place your hands on the edges of the chair behind you. Use your core and arms to raise your body up and down. Repeat this exercise 15 times.
8. Raise Your Leg While Hovering
Similar to raising your legs while sitting, raising your legs while hovering helps strengthen your abdomen. The only difference is that you will be raising both of your legs at the same time, instead of raising each leg one at a time. Hold this position as long as you can and then release it.
9. Do the “Leaning Plank Exercise”
This is another one of our favorite easy exercises you could do in the break room. Just lean against a wall using your forearms for support. Hold for as long as you can.
10. Hug Your Knees
Lift your leg up with a bent knee and grab it with your arms. Hold for 5-10 seconds. Repeat on the other leg. This exercise is great for strengthening your knees.
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