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KNOEL7
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Thanks for that info--I am going to try that!emoticon

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The program is called workrave. You can download it free at http://www.workrave.com/

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Please do post the information. I would love it!


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TWILAT
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I have a program on my office computer that pops up and tells me to take a break. I can't remember the name of the program. I can post it later when I get to work if interested. It has little exercises for you to do. I've not done them very often. Sometimes when it comes up I need a break I skip it. I really need to pay attention to it.

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I also do take advantage of my bathroom breaks and sneak in some stretching mostly. Everyone in my office has a "Yoga at your desk card" and we all talk about the challenge of getting more active since we all are at our desks all day. Now when I get up to go to the copier or whatever,instead of just walking over, I stretch my arms or often do the "backstroke " as I walk. My co-workers chuckle but I don't care, it feels good and loosens my shoulders! We are a casual bunch so this might not be conservative enough where you work! I also "do laps" when I get stir crazy around the office inside--the offices are set up on the outside walls with the receptionist in the middle. This is my first desk job and if I don' get to the gym at lunch I start to get a little nuts and won't be productive at all if I can't do SOMEthing to break that "just sitting" time. I've heard of alot of people standing or walking every time they get on the phone. Maybe I would do that if I had to get up to get to the phone. Great ideas from this team--thanks!

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KKWOOD80
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Im so happy to be a part of this group! Your exercises are so helpful! Im adding some to my calandar @ 0900 and 2pm every day to take my two breaks and I will have something different each time. Thank you!


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All of these sound like awesome exercises, for people with cubicles.

Until we move to our new location (late spring/early summer), our 'desks' are out in the open. We sit at those old, ugly folding tables (you know the ones that look like fake wood grain, and your school, church, or any other organization used for their functions), so any movement we do is obvious.

I am able to work in some work without it being obvious that I'm doing it.
I have set my chair so I when I lean back, my feet do not touch the floor. Then I stretch my legs straight out and hold them for a count of 10-15. I bring them down so it looks like I've got them resting on the wheels of the chair, but I'm holding them up for another count of 10-15. I may wait a minute before doing it again.

Another thing I do on occasion is make it look like I'm sitting on the edge of my chair, when I'm actually using my legs to hold me in that position.

It's not much, but over the course of the day it does add up.


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NATARSHAD
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I think I will add wall push-ups while I am in the stairwells.

Natarsha

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I don't know if anybody else has stumbled across this blog, but there are some great chair exercises posted here recently: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=4580023


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I work in an office that until recently I was the only female which meant I had the bathroom to myself. In order to start getting in some exercise during the day, I decided that I would do something each time I went to the bathroom. I do exercises such as squats, lunges or wall push-ups.

Act the way you want to feel.


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PRINCESSNIBBLES
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11/12/11 8:15 P

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I keep a stretchy band on my desk to use when the shoulders and back get tight.

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I got 5 flights in today!!!

Natarsha

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I am getting more consistent with my stair climbing.

Natarsha

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I do what's called "chair dancing" at work. I have lively music in one ear and move back and forth, trying to get some "swaying" in consistently for 15 minutes or more. I also try not to move so much that everyone can tell what i am doing.

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NATARSHAD
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I am really not consistent with doing the stairs, so I think next week I am going to schedule atleast two flights daily.

Natarsha

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I've been getting up the last couple days to do some stairs. Thursday, my computer locked up and I was getting stressed as I wondered if I lost all the work I had done. Rather than fume, I got up and did seven flights of stairs. I came back with a healthier body, a refreshed mind, and everything back on my computer the way it was supposed to be.

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NATARSHAD
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11/3/11 10:04 P

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I try to get it in. I do the stairs sometimes.

Natarsha

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STEFFYBABYSTAR
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Thanks so much! Looks awesome!


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BOBBIJO201
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I put all of the exercises in a blog on my SparkPage. Go there to get all of the exercises. Hope this helps!


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BOBBIJO201
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NECK:
Slowly turn your head
far to the left & hold
3 seconds; turn head
far to right & hold 3
seconds. Drop chin
gently to your chest
before returning your
head slowly to
upright (starting)
position. Repeat
sequence 5 times.

SHOULDER:
Lift & roll your
shoulders forward 5
times and then
backwards 5 times.
Use a wide circular
motion & try to keep
your head straight &
motionless while
moving your shoulders.
Repeat this sequence
5 times.

ARMS:
Pump each of your
arms overhead 5
times (like boxing).
Then, pump both arms
overhead 5 times.
Repeat for 3 sets.



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BOBBIJO201
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6/19/11 5:55 P

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There are 30 exercises. Don't know how I can post all of these. I'll try and post a few each day unless someone has a better idea. I have it as a pdf file on my computer at work, but I don't think I can email an attachment thru SP.


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SIMPLERLIFE66
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The "Be Fit While You Sit" program sounds great. Can you post the rest of the exercises? Thanks!

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STEFFYBABYSTAR
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6/17/11 5:28 P

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I love the idea of that program at the office. I feel like this is something that people would actually be interested in where I work! (They aren't so keen on having group activities and stuff...)



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BOBBIJO201
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Last year at work, our office did a "Be Fit While You Sit" program for 1 month. Every day I emailed an exercise to staff who signed up. Here's an example of one of the exercises. If you're interested in more of them, let me know.

Sitting in a chair,
put your hands on the
arm rests and slowly
try to lift your body
1/2 inch off the seat.
If you can't do that,
just push down on
the chair arms for
5 seconds and then
release. Repeat
sequence 5 times.



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STEFFYBABYSTAR
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I drink tons of water and end up going to the bathroom quite a bit during the day. I take advantage of this by doing squats or wall push ups each time I go!
I also checked out the article on isometric exercise, it looked pretty cool. Going to incorporate some of those into my day.


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did plies holding onto thsink as the microwave heated up my tea in the breakroom

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SWEETYOUNGTHING
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=31a6_rpvZOI&NR=1

she has some interesting yoga moves for us office workers

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SIMPLERLIFE66
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Isometrics is just working a muscle without moving it. Like flexing your triceps by pushing down against your desk and just holding that position for 10 seconds or so to work the muscle.

See this article for more info: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
les.asp?id=972


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NEHITA
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emoticon thanks I needed that laugh, but what is the world is isometrics?


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SIMPLERLIFE66
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You might be able to do some isometrics without anyone knowing. You can do bicep/tricep isometrics by pulling/pushing against your desktop. You can also exercise your abs/glutes by flexing and releasing the muscles.

As long as you don't grimace or make a funny face as you work out, no one would ever know.

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NEHITA
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I watched the video of the desk exercises, but for me it is harder because I don't have a cubicle. I am right in an open area and I'm the first person you see. Any suggestions?


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SIMPLERLIFE66
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This video is good: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
les.asp?id=633


I will frequently do squats and lunges while on a telecon. Also wall pushups.

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SWEETYOUNGTHING
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If anyone exercises at the office - more specifically, at their desks - please share you routine with us here. I bought a thighmaster (yea, I know!) to use at the office while sitting at my desk but it's too big and I don't want to look ridiculous/weird using it. Any ideas??

I do use the thighmaster at home, by the way, and I can feel positive results in my thigh muscles so it's not all marketing hype. "Thank you thighmaster" emoticon

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