Tips To Get Moving

By on May 27, 2016

Just because you're at your desk all day, doesn't mean you have to sit still! Use these moves to keep active during the work day without even leaving your desk! 

Exercise 1: Get On Up!

Sitting all day is the culprit of weight gain, bad posture, and poor health. The easiest fix? Get up and walk around once an hour!

How It Works: Set a timer on your phone or watch to go off every hour. That will remind you to get up and move around, even if it is just for a few minutes!

Exercise 2: Raise Them Up

Looking for a mostly inconspicuous move to do at your desk? Raising and lowering your legs is harder than it seems!

How It Works: Raise one or both legs for 5-10 seconds, then lower without letting them touch the ground. Do this 15 times to keep your leg muscles in shape!

Exercise 3: Lifted Leg Cross

Does your cubicle give you enough privacy for slightly more involved maneuvers? This one will help you work your arms and keep your legs flexible.

How It Works: While sitting with your legs crossed in your chair, use your arms to lift your body so it hovers above the chair seat. Hold this for 10-20 seconds. Slowly lower yourself on to the chair. Do this two to three times.

Exercise 4: Shoulder Roll Hold

This move will keep your shoulders back and your posture proper, even if you're hunched over a computer most of the day.

How It Works: Push your shoulders back until you feel your shoulder blades nearly touch. Hold for 5-10 seconds. Repeat 15-20 times.

Exercise 5: Swivel Those Hips

Do you have a desk chair that spins? Why not relive the youthful fun of spinning in an office chair while engaging your core at the same time?

How It Works: Lift your feet off the ground. Place your hands lightly on your desk. Using only your hips and obliques, twist left and right in chair. Swish back and forth 15 times until you feel the burn!

Exercise 6: Toe Raises

Your job may not provide you with a treadmill desk, but we’ve got an exercise that will still work your calves.

How It Works: When you are waiting for the printer or sitting at the desk, put both feet on the ground and slowly raise yourself on to your toes, then lower. The slower, the better! Repeat 12-15 times. Want more of a challenge? Try one leg at a time!

Always speak with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.