In the past, the word “work” meant physical exertion, but these days, for most of us, our jobs involve long hours sitting in front of a comp! Unfortunately, recent research shows that the longer you sit, the faster you’ll die, period. So, instead of just sitting around waiting for the grim reaper, here’s how you can sneak in a little deskercise – exercises you can do while you remain glued to your desk.
Exercises You Can Do At Your Desk
1. Move Those Feet
Most of us just stay in the same position for hours on end and only get up and stretch those aching limbs when we go on our lunch breaks. Tap your toes or just stretch your legs out and air pedal a couple of times – this simple exercise may not give you those muscular calves you’ve always dreamed of, but they will help to keep the blood flow to your legs circulating. This simple exercise at work will also keep your joints from stiffening and you will find that you don’t have as many body aches by the end of the day.
2. Dance In Your Chair
When no one is looking, move your limbs – windmill your arms and just do a little seated jig! You might feel like an idiot, but this will help to prevent upper body aches and pain. It will also help to ease any muscle kinks in your back – do this for a few days and you will notice that the lower back pain that you always get by the end of your workday is just a distant memory!
3. Seat Squeeze
This sneaky little deskercise can be performed right under the nose of your boss and he will be none the wiser – yes, we are talking about isometric contractions. While the term might leave you puzzled and scratching your head, it’s just a fancy name for butt squeezes! While you are sitting at your desk, take a couple of minutes off work to just squeeze your glute muscles together as hard as you can. Hold this for a momentum of 5 seconds and then release it. Perform at least 10 – 15 reps every couple of hours. This is one of the best exercises to do at work, since it will go unnoticed and it will also ensure that you work these muscles so that they do not feel sore at the end of the day.
4. Thigh Burners
Place a small box discretely between your thighs and then press your legs inward against the sides of the box. This simple office exercise will engage your inner thighs and give you the benefits of a workout, all from the comfort of your chair. This exercise is ideal if you are wearing a kurta, as the box will not be visible to those around you. You can also place a newspaper on your lap to hide the box from sight.
In addition to these exercises that you can do at your desk, there are plenty of other ways to get fit at work – take the stairs instead of the elevator, do a few squats each time you go to the washroom, or simply get up and walk around the place every hour or so. Don’t just sit at your desk for 8 hours – remember, you are an employee, not a bonded slave!
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March 1, 2018