Is your waistline scaling up as rapidly as your business plan? If the standup desk or walkabout meetings just aren’t doing it, here are a few deskercises you can do to fight the battle of the bulge:
Wall Sit Arm Curl: Work out both your legs and your arms simultaneously with this simple exercise. With your back up against an empty wall, slowly slide down until your legs are bent to 90 degrees. Bend your elbow and lift your “weights” — substitute with a water bottle or soda cans in the office — toward your shoulders and then lower. Do a set of 15 arm curls before returning to your standing position.
Calf Raise: Slowly stand up on your toes, keeping your knees straight and your heels off the floor. Hold briefly and then come back down. Repeat 25 times to feel the burn. Feeling ambitious? Try doing this one leg at a time.
The Tricep Desk Dip: Work out your triceps with an easy move that’ll leave you feeling sore the next day. Facing away from you desk, place your palms on the edge of the desk and butt on the edge of your desk. Keep your feet together, bend your elbows until they are bent at 90 degrees, and then push back up. Do this 20 times.
The Wooden Leg: While you’re sitting in a chair, extend one leg straight out in front of you and hold it for two seconds. Then raise it as high as you can and hold that position for two seconds. Repeat this 15 times with each leg.
The Desk Chair Swivel: If you’re lucky enough to have a swivel chair, it’s time to put it to good use. Sit straight up, and, with your feet hovering above the floor, grip the edge of your desk with your fingers and thumb. Use your core to swivel the chair from side to side. Do this 15 times.
Other tips to stay fit include parking farther away from your building so that you have a longer walk to the office, taking the stairs, or biking to work to ensure you’re doing your best to keep healthy during your busy workday.
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