Guest Post > The Key to Staying Fit: 6 Top Desk Exercises

If you’re like most people in today’s working world, it’s tough to find time to exercise. Between meetings and family time and social events, there never seems to be enough time in the day.

 

Well, folks – we’re here to change that. The truth is that there are many exercises that can be done at work and while sitting at your desk – and no one even has to know you’re doing them! Here are a few of our favorite top desk exercises to help keep you in shape, even if you don’t have the time.

 

Take the stairs – Seems simple, right? But with a briefcase, paperwork, and coffee in your hand, the elevator probably looks a lot more tempting. Next time you have the choice between the two, opt for the stairs. You’ll get a short cardio workout in and will strengthen your legs in the process.

 

Take a walking lunch break – Forget sitting at your desk or grabbing fast food during your lunch hour. Instead, pack a healthy meal from home (think fruits, veggies, and whole grains), and head out for a walk around the neighborhood.

 

Chair dips – While seated, plant your feet firmly on the floor and place your hands on the armrests of your chair. Scoot up so your bottom is on the edge of your seat, then slowly lift your body off the chair and hold for five seconds. Return to a seated position and repeat five times.

 

Core strengthener – While sitting on the edge of your chair, stretch your arms out in front of you with your fingers pointing across the room. Focus on keeping your back straight, contract your abdominal muscles, and relax. Repeat five times.

 

Wing flap – This is one of the few that may look silly to a coworker passing by, so if you’re not comfortable, we’d recommend waiting until you get home. To do this pose, stretch your arms up and back so your hands are floating behind your head. Hold for five seconds, then bring them to the front of your body, hold for five seconds, and repeat.

 

Curls – While seated at your desk, cross your arms across your chest and focus on making sure your posture is straight. Flex your abdominal muscles and push your shoulders forward toward your hips. Hold the pose for five seconds, and repeat 10 times. Note: This is similar to the cat pose in yoga, but in this case, you’re seated.

 

Keep these simple exercises in mind next time you think a workout is hard to come by. They’ll have you feeling great in no time flat!

 

You can find more information and helpful tips on at-desk yoga in this resource guide: http://www.ergostoreonline.com/guide-to-desk-yoga.html

 

About the Author:
Patty Englebaugh founded ErgoStoreOnline.com in 1993. She has 19
years of experience installing ergonomic office furniture and computer accessories that create healthy work environments in home and corporate offices as well as in the healthcare, education, government, and business sectors. Call her today (Mon-Fri 8-6pm EST) for one-on-one support for your ergonomic needs: (877) 971-0151.

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Cycling Then and Now: How the MOTOACTV Makes a Difference

Riding my bike was my favorite pastime when I was younger. There were numerous summer days where I cruised around my neighborhood without a care in the world. I loved lazily circling the neighborhood, or racing my friends. Cycling is still a pleasure, but I was not worried about exercise when I was child. I did not need to calculate my distance because I was not allowed to wander too far past my neighborhood. Bicycling is a key part of how I stay in shape so I am more mindful of my treks than I was as a child. Fortunately, keeping track of my progress is easy with MOTOACTV. I take this little device on all my rides to monitor my distance, speed, and more.

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