Keeping fit and healthy when you have a desk job can be a challenge. Sitting all day is not good for your health and can lead to long-term physical deficits, yet desk jobs are the most common way of working in the United States. If you’re looking for exercises to do at your desk or in your office that won’t disrupt your coworkers, we’ve got you covered! Here are eight exercises to do in the workplace:
- Leg Planks: Sit on the edge of your seat and lift your right let so it’s parallel to the floor. Flex your foot and hold for ten seconds, then slowly release and put your leg down. Repeat with your left foot. Do five to ten reps, or as many times as you want.
- Triceps Dips: Face away from your desk or stationary chair, place your hands shoulder-width apart and bend your legs at a 90-degree angle in front of you. Bend your elbows to a 90-degree angle, then straighten. Repeat at least 10-15 times.
- Calf Raises: Stand up, place your feet hip-width apart, and raise your heels off the floor. For an extra challenge, hold on to something and stand one foot. Repeat raising your heel on one foot.
- Wall Sit: Find a sturdy wall, stand with your back to it and slowly lower yourself into a seated position. Hold for 30-60 seconds at a time.
- Lunges: Take a large step forward with your right leg and bend your back leg into a kneeling position. Shift your weight back to a standing position. Repeat with the left leg, either staying in place or moving across the floor.