Exercise at Your Desk

By Darren Scott, Resource Coordinator

There are exercises to do at your desk which can really improve your well-being.

There are many exercises designed for people who are busy working a desk job and don’t have the time for a normal exercise routine. Work can get stressful and it’s nice to be able to take a break, relax, and refocus on your task at hand.

Below, you’ll find some exercises designed to keep you in shape and help calm your mind when you need it most.

  1. Leg Planks

Strengthen your legs while sitting at your desk. No one will even know you’re getting a workout! Simply sit on the edge of your chair with your knees bent and feet on the floor. Extend your right leg out in front of you until it’s straight and parallel with the floor. Hold this pose for 10-15 seconds, release, and repeat with your other leg. Do the exercise five times on each leg.

2.  Foot Drill

Another exercise to do at your desk is a Foot Drill. Remember how football players tap their feet in place while at practice? You can do the same thing at your desk! While seated, try tapping your feet for 30 seconds at a time – or longer if you can!

3.  Shoulder Raises

These are a great way to relieve tension in your neck and back. Raise your shoulders up toward your ears, hold for 15 seconds, and relax. For an even bigger stretch, do just one shoulder at a time, then alternate five times each.

4.  Back Twists

Relieve more tension in your back by doing a back twist. To start, sit in your chair and place your right arm behind your right hip. Twist to the right side and hold for 15 seconds, then repeat on the other side.

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