● By Ahmed Wafi
Break a sweat while you’re on break.
Sitting at your desk all day long is bound to give you health problems in the long run but you already knew that. Getting a workout in after work might not be ideal for many as fatigue and other social events might get in the way. Hitting the gym during your lunch break would be the next best choice but let’s face it, nobody has the time for that. So we came up with the best alternative – these six workouts you can do at your desk, some of which you don’t even have to leave your chair for.
Make sure the wheels on your chair are locked. Place both hands on the edges of your chair with your arms straight and extend your legs with your bottom lifting from the seat. Bend your arms to a 90-degree angle and then return to the starting position. Do 15 of these before taking a break.
Lean against a wall and pretend to take a seat on an imaginary stool with your back firmly pressed against the wall. Ensure your knees are not bent beyond 90 degrees. Hold that position for 30 seconds. In this position your quads will be holding the weight of your body and you’ll feel them burn!
Sit at the edge of your chair with your back straight. Without adjusting the position of your feet, lean back until you feel your back touch the back of your chair. Hold the position for a few seconds to feel your abs tighten. Return to the starting position.
A great pain relief if you’ve been sitting this whole time! While seated, extend both arms on your desk and move your body away from the desk with your arms still firmly in place. Face the floor for the length of this stretch.
Calf raises mean standing on your tippy toes. To do this, while standing straight, go on tiptoe and then return to the starting position. You’ll feel your calves activate during the exercise. Too easy? Try alternating with one leg at a time.
TAKE THE STAIRS
Office on the 20th floor? Ride the elevator to the 17th floor and take the stairs from there. No excuses!
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