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Exercises to do at my desk

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Exercises You Can Do At Your Desk

Many people have the problem of a very sedentary lifestyle. This frequently stems from having glued-to-the-computer jobs which take a lot of time. Following are 10 ways one may exercise and stretch at one's desk. Some are embarrassing for those who work in a cubical if they are seen by others.

1. Pump and Run Edit
Pump both arms over your head for 30 seconds like you're "raising the roof." Then, quickly tap your feet on the floor, as if running through tires, for 30 seconds. Repeat this process for four to six minutes.

2. Disco Fever Edit
Stand up and hold onto the desk with one hand. While holding on, twist your waist and other to one direction and straighten out while returning, like you're doing John Travolta's dance from Saturday Night Fever. One difference -- keep your vision focused on the hand in motion, not at your date/camera/wall clock. Do this about ten times, and then switch to the other hand. 5 sets should do it.

3. Hammy Pulling Edit
Sit back in a chair, making sure that your lower back is supported as to prevent back pain. Put both your hands under your right knee, palms on the hamstring. Slowly, lift your left leg up, keeping your knee bent toward the chest. Do this 5 times and then repeat, switching legs.

4. Paul Bunyan Edit
Stand up. Bring your hands together near your right shoulder, as if you were about to chop wood. Slowly "swing the axe" by straightening (extension of) your elbows and moving your hands toward your left thigh. Then come up to your left shoulder, and swing the ax toward your right thigh. That's one rep. Do it ten times.

5. We're Not Worthy! Edit
Sit down, if you're not already. Stick out your legs so that they're straight, at a 45 degree angle to the floor. Raise both your arms above your head, hands together, extending out so that you're as flat as can be. Bending only your backand crunching at your abs, bring your arms as forward as you can and slowly back up to the extended position. 3 sets of 15 reps should be good.

6. George Costanza Edit
Get under your desk -- really. Get onto your knees and hold onto the desk with both hands. Place your neck between your arms and while straightening out your back, shoulders, and waist. Then, slowly, squeeze your body downwards. Continue the motion by straightening out your body and bending backwards.

7. 30 Second Rump Squeeze Edit
Tighten your butt. Really. Squeeze your "cheeks" together as tightly as you can, and hold for ten seconds. Release. Repeat 10 times. Do this five times a day. The tighter you squeeze, the better results you'll get.

8. Chest Stretch Edit
Interlace your fingers behind your back, palms facing in. Raise and straighten your arms, squeezing your shoulder blades together and "opening up" your chest. Fold for five to ten seconds. Repeat five to ten times

9. Seated Crunch Edit
Put your feet flat on the floor, and sit up straight. Put your hands and arms, folded, in your lap.
Breathe in deep through your nose, "crunching" your upper and lower abs, pushing your lower back against the chair. Hold for a 3 count and relax, breathing out through your mouth. Do 100 -- or until your boss looks at you funny.

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:

  Thank you for this post, it has great things I can do without distracting me from work! emoticon

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NASFKAB 12/21/2013 8:32AM

  the first one is beyond me typing with my toes, hard enough to do with the fingers!!!!!!!!!
but some of the printed ones are very useful have to squeeze my cheeks that the easiest

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DJ4HEALTH 12/19/2013 7:51PM

    Love the balls but that first exercise gave my back a pain. emoticon

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DS9KIE 12/19/2013 6:57PM

    great ideas

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BOOKLOVINGGIRL 12/19/2013 11:53AM

  These are emoticon !! emoticon

They're also cute and funny. Love it!

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2HAMSDIET 12/18/2013 11:09PM

    I love the balls ... might have to cover mine.

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FROSTY99 12/18/2013 8:24PM

    emoticon I want to see you doing that 1st exercise - typing upside down with your toes. Yeah, right!
Thanks for sharing these-I used to do some of these when I worked!

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ARTJAC 12/18/2013 6:44PM


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HIKETOHEIGHTS 12/18/2013 5:52PM


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PATRICIA441 12/18/2013 3:05PM

    These sound great Chris. I really need to step up my exercise! Hope all is going well for you this Holiday Season. Merry Christmas!

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LINOVER 12/18/2013 11:06AM

    emoticon I will definitely do these!

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SEAWAVE 12/18/2013 10:30AM

    I already do many of these after surgery, but wait... you're not suggesting we try to do what's pictured, just what's described, right? Right???


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LIS193 12/18/2013 9:58AM


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MISSG180 12/18/2013 9:51AM

    I can't help giggling at the thought of someone's boss walking in on them while they were typing with their toes. But there are some great tips here.

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ANNEBURNELL 12/18/2013 9:36AM

    GREAT!!! Thanks for sharing.

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REGILIEH 12/18/2013 9:30AM


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