Did you know that most of us sit at a desk for eight (or more) hours a day? Taking just a few minutes out of your busy day to move could make a big difference. Here are six exercises to help you stay fit and maintain energy throughout the workday.
Stand up at your desk with arms by your sides and palms facing behind. Pulse the arms backward for 20 seconds, keeping them as long and straight as possible.
Place your hands flat on your desk, a little wider than shoulder-width. Lower yourself down toward your desk, keeping your core tight. Then push back up until arms are straight but not locked. Try to do 20 reps.
Stand up from your chair, lower your body back down, stopping right before you sit back down. (Keep your weight in your heels to work your glutes). Then stand back up again. Repeat 10 times.
Standing Rear Pulses
Holding the edge of your desk for support, bend one leg behind you, flexing the foot. Raise your heel a few inches, then release slightly and press your foot directly behind you. Continue to alternate between lifting your heel, then pressing it back. Do 20 to 30 reps, then switch sides.
Seated Bicycle Crunches
Sit in your chair with your feet flat on the floor. Position your hands behind your head and lift one knee toward the opposite elbow, twisting your body down toward it, then return to the seated, straight-back position. Finish 15 twists, then repeat on the other side.
Sitting upright and with the feet hovering over the floor, hold onto the edge of your desk. Next, use the core to swivel the chair from side to side. Go back and forth 15 times.
Looking for more exercises to incorporate into your routine? Find additional workouts from Anita Terlizzi, RM Fitness Expert & Certified Personal Trainer.