We are a sedentary bunch, aren’t we? We work at our desk all day, then come home and relax on the couch for some media time. This “active-less” lifestyle takes a serious toll on our health. Even if you aren’t overweight, it can cause long term issues with your heart.
But how do you fit in your recommended 30 minutes a day of physical activity when you just don’t have the time?
Here are some great exercises that you can do at your desk. They can be done easily and without drawing attention to yourself.
- Calf raises: while you’re standing around at the copier waiting, take the time to sneak in some calf raises. With legs straight, raise up to lift your heels, so you’re just on the balls of your feet. Then slowly lower. Repeat until your copies are ready.
- Butt squeezes: while sitting at your desk, clench your butt cheeks together and hold for 5 seconds, then release. Repeat until you’ve finished writing that email.
- Walk around: need to tell your co-worker something? Don’t do it by email — take a walk to their desk instead and deliver it for some face-to-face interaction.
- Leg raises: while sitting, raise one or both legs up so they’re parallel to the floor. Hold, then lower slowly. This one is great for your core, plus nobody will see you doing it since your legs will be under your desk!
- Bicep curl: hold a heavy book or ream of paper in one hand then curl in. Repeat until you need to start typing again.
- Squats: sit down slowly, and before your butt hits the seat, hold that squat for a few seconds. Even better: pretend to be sitting but actually squat. Great for your butt and quads!