I stay home with our kids, most days, while working part time as a play therapist. I don’t really sit very much, but my husband is the opposite. He sits at his desk for many hours a day. He can’t really get up very much, because he could miss something important, so he tends to stay at his desk.
Unfortunately, his body doesn’t appreciate this (back aches, etc… which come with being sedentary) so here are a few exercises that he (and you) can do while sitting down..
Exercises You can Do while Sitting Down in the Office
If working long hours at the office is eating away at your exercise time, don’t despair. Make the most of your time by exercising on the job. Here are seven exercises you can do while sitting down in the office that don’t even require that you get out of your seat.
For buns of steel, clench your buttocks and hold for ten seconds. Do five sets of eight reps. The beauty of this exercise is that your supervisors and coworkers won’t see any movement and need not even know that you’re secretly exercising on the job.
Rotate your ankles in both directions for five seconds. Do five sets of eight reps in each direction. This exercise can strengthen the flexibility of your ankles and make you less likely to suffer from sprains.
Just because you’re seated at your desk doesn’t mean your arms can’t do just about anything they want. Many arm exercises can be performed while seated at your desk. Stretch the muscles in your right arm by reaching as far to the left as you can with your right arm while supporting it in the crook of your left elbow and then hold it there. Feel the stretch for five seconds. Do eight reps before switching over to your left arm.
Calf muscle toning
Give your calf muscles a work out by raising your legs up on the very tips of your toes while remaining seated. Your calf muscles should start to burn after a few seconds. Hold for ten seconds and then repeat eight times.
Rotating at the waist
Strengthen your core by rotating at the waist while remaining seated. Rotate as far to the left as you can and hold for five seconds, then repeat on the right. Complete five sets. Grab the backrest of your chair with your hands for extra support.
Move to the edge of your seat and lean back on the backrest. Then lift your straightened legs a few inches above the ground and raise your back a few inches off the backrest. Feel the burn in your abdominal muscles and hold for ten seconds. Eight reps of ten seconds each can strengthen your core considerably when done regularly.
Starting with both feet flat on the floor, do leg lifts, starting first with the right leg and then the left. Lift each leg until it touches the underside of your desk. Do ten sets of eight reps to strengthen your thigh muscles and your core.
Being busy is never an excuse to not stay fit. While you should always try to make time for proper cardio and weight training, never forget that there are many other ways you can incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Doing a couple of simple exercises while sitting down in the office each day can, when done regularly, help to improve your flexibility, muscle tone and strength.
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2). This, YoNananas is my favorite thing EVER- this has changed my snacking!!! (I was the ice cream Queen in our house until I bought this).
You put fruit in (you freeze the fruit first) and it comes out like ice cream! My favorite combo is mango, pineapple and one banana. I might do a youtube video on it.
3). The Ninja – you can turn anything into a smoothie or juice and everyone loves it. I would have this for a snack and for lunch (Mickey has it for breakfast every morning)
4. Put this under your desk & workout while you work.
5). FITBIT- This one is wireless, so it is easier for me to keep up with. 😉 Track steps, distance, floors climbed and sleep quality and more, and stay connected with Caller ID and time of day (displayed on the FITBIT).
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