So, we posted an article about the negative effects of office jobs. If you read that blog post, you’ll know that sitting for long periods of time has been compared to smoking by various doctors.
We’d like to show you exercises you can do at your desks – deskercises – that will prevent weight gain, diseases and all the other negative effects of an office job.
Deskercise #1: Step it up
I don’t care if your office building has the best elevator in the entire world, you need to start using the stairs. Offer to fetch your colleagues coffee, use the furthermost bathroom from your desk or take a five-minute fresh air break a couple of times a day – just make sure you’re walking up and down the stairs as much as possible.
Deskercise #2: Become omnipresent
Need to improve your health as well as your social life? Then get off your booty and walk to your coworkers. Whether it be to catch up on the weekend gossip or discuss an email, get away from your desk every hour or two.
Be that person who always walks around the office on their phone – what better way to kill two birds with one stone than to take a call on the move?
Deskercise #3: Flex that booty
Ready to do some inconspicuous deskercises? Well, here’s one you can keep under wraps. Tone your glutes by squeezing your buttocks while you’re sitting at your desk. You can do this for 5-10 seconds at a time.
Deskercise #4: Leg raises on chair
When your boss refuses to give you a raise, take matters into your own hands. Give yourself a raise at work. This is another inconspicuous deskercises. While you’re sitting at your desk, straighten your legs and hold them up for 5 to 10 seconds. Lower your legs without letting them touch the floor. Repeat until it hurts. If it isn’t hurting, loop a laptop bag around or balance any heavy object on your ankles.
Deskercise #5: Tippie toe
Need a quick break from standing? Hop up, stand behind your chair. Using the chair for support, raise your heels up and lower them down slowly. Repeat 10 to 30 times, or until you feel the desired burn in your calves.
Deskercise #6: Tone those obliques
Do you have an office chair that swivels? If you do, this exercise is a must. Sitting upright in your chair, lift your legs off the floor and then hold the edge of the desk. Use your core muscles to swivel your chair from one side to the other while making sure your torso faces forward. Repeat 10 to 20 times.
Deskercise #7: Moment of Zen
Sit upright in your chair with your feet flat on the floor. Bring your palms together in front of your chest in praying position. Your elbows should be pointing outwards. Push your hands together as hard as you can for 20 seconds at a time. Repeat at least 3 times.
Deskercise #8: Moment of Zen – advanced
If you want a bit of a challenge, raise your legs into a crisscross position while in your chair. Using your chair’s armrest, lift your body off your seat. Hold yourself up for 20 seconds then release. Repeat 5 times. If this becomes boring, challenge yourself by raising yourself on your chair while it spins.
Have you been doing any deskercises? Share your office toning tips with us!
Want to see more deskercises? See https://greatist.com/fitness/deskercise-33-ways-exercise-work2