In today’s day and age, most people work behind a desk. As life becomes more technologically advanced, our jobs become less mobile. We sit behind a computer, often only getting up for bathroom breaks or lunch, then commute home to sit in front of a television and unwind. That’s why it’s important to try and keep moving throughout the day, even if you are stuck behind a desk. Check out some of our tips for some inspirational deskercises.
Talk a Walk
Find an excuse to get up throughout the day and go on some short walks. If you work in a building that is close to parks, take a few short breaks per day to get outside. If it is impossible to get outdoors, try a pre-planned indoor walk with some coworkers. You can even talk to your peers about moving meetings from the boardroom to walking-meetings so you can knock out two birds with one stone.
Customize Your Desk
Since there are so many people who work behind a desk, there have been some innovative desk designs. From treadmill desks to standing desks and everything in between. They’ve even developed stationary bikes that fit underneath your workspace so you can pedal while you work. Another interesting design is the aspect of a balance bosu-ball chair in place of your traditional office chairs. These help you strengthen your core while improving your balance.
While waiting for that 500-page project to print, why not do some casual calf-raises? Improve the circulation of your lower legs while sculpting your calves each time you’re at the printer. While sitting down, you can also tone your glutes with a simple isometric exercise. Simply squeeze your glutes, hold and release. Do this throughout your next meeting or while entering data. For sculpted upper arms, try some tricep dips off of your cubicle or desk.
Take the Stairs
One of the easiest ways to decrease how sedentary you are is simply by taking the stairs throughout the day. Avoid the elevator and take the stairs before work, during your lunch break and on your way out. It will add a boost of cardio to your day. For an extra bonus, try going up and down the stairs a few times after your lunch break for a short HIIT workout.
Avoid Eating at Your Desk
Our last suggestion is to avoid eating at your desk at all costs. It causes you to get sucked into sitting and makes it harder to get up throughout the day. Use lunch as a time to get up and move. If you’re in a city, walk to a nearby restaurant or café and enjoy the change of scenery.
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