Six Incredibly Easy Office Workouts

Author: Lauren Ross

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Sitting behind a desk for eight hours a day can really do some damage to the body. Too much time in a chair can cause chronic aches and pains, as a result of pressure in the shoulders, back, and rear. It has also been proven to weaken muscles, resulting in joint stiffness. Creative thinking in the workplace may also suffer due to poor blood and oxygen circulation in the brain.

To make sure you’re giving it your all at work, get up and move about the office space! Light exercising is an excellent way for the mind and body to stay active, which is better for work productivity. We have compiled a list of moves to help you tone up in the office and reenergize. Below is a list of quick, incredibly easy office workouts:

1.Desk Dips (10 reps)

Benefits: Triceps

With back to the desk, and palms on edge of the desk, extend legs out in front and bend knees as if sitting in a chair. Keeping legs and knees together, bend elbows at a 90 degree angle, lowering body a few inches and pushing back up to starting position. Do 10 reps for this workout.

2. Roof Raises (2 minutes)

Benefits: Heart and muscle toning

Standing flat on your feet with arms up in the air, march in place. Bring hands down to shoulder level and back up to ceiling while continuing to step. Do this move for two minutes.

3. Hamstring Curls (3 minutes)

Benefits: Hamstrings

Make a fist with right hand; bring up to chest, elbow bent. While doing the first part, lift left foot behind you, as if you are skiing. Continue alternating for three minutes.

4. The Side Step Lunge (20 reps)

Benefits: Glutes, hamstrings, and quadriceps

Start with hands on waist and stand shoulder width apart. Next, step to the side with one leg, bending knee and shifting weight to that side. Bring extended leg back in and then repeat with opposite leg. Continue alternating.

1 lunge = 1 rep

5. Desk Push Ups (15 reps)

Benefits: Core upper body muscles

With palms firmly on the desk, extend feet about one yard behind you, shoulder width apart. Bring chest down to desk by bending elbows, and then push yourself back up to starting position. Be sure to inhale as you go down and exhale as you come back up. Do 15 reps.

1 push up = 1 rep

6. Walking (3-10 minutes)

Benefits: Heart and muscle toning

Whether around the block or a quick lap around the office floor, stretch your legs by going for a walk. Do this for 3-10 minutes, depending on your work load.

It’s good to get up and move about every hour. Even if you don’t have the time for these mini office workouts, you can still keep moving by going the long way to the restroom or cafeteria. The best part of these exercises is that you can easily do them at home in the apartment. Working out takes motivation, do your body some good with these in-office workouts!