5 Quick And Easy Exercises You Can Do At The Workplace Many of us have eight-hour workdays, during which we're seated at our desk most of the time. That sounds almost like a couch potato lifestyle, with the exception that our minds are buzzing while we type away at our computers. However, it still remains that our bodies are stagnant throughout most of the day, which contributes to a less-than-desirable state of physical fitness. If you are one of those people wondering what exercises you can do in the office other than bolting up and down the stairs instead of using the elevator (which is great cardio, by the way, so don't knock it), here are some easy exercises that you can do in a quick minute! 1. Sitting Leg Raises These easy exercises target your thighs and your abs, helping you lose that pudge from the many slices of pizza you've had over a lot of workday lunches. How to do sitting leg raises: - Sit at your chair with your back straight, feet flat on the floor. - Extend one or both legs outward and straighten them so that they are level with your knees. - Hold for 5 or more seconds. - Do 15 repetitions. If you want to add a little more resistance, you can put your bag or your purse on top of your extended legs. 2. Standing Wall Push-Ups These push-ups are great for beginners and help strengthen your chest and your back muscles. All you have to do is find a solid wall that can hold your weight. How to do standing wall push-ups: - Stand one or two feet away from a strong wall. - Hold your arms out so that your palms are flat on the wall. - Lean forward, bending your elbows and using your arms to support your weight. - Hold for 2 seconds. - Push yourself upright. - Do 15 repetitions. 3. Calf Raises As the name suggests, these exercises target your calves. Ladies, if you like wearing knee- or calf-length skirts to work, these easy exercises will make your legs look flawless when you've got your heels on. How to do calf raises: - Stand straight with your arms to your sides and your legs about shoulder-width apart or less. - Raise yourself up onto tiptoes. - Hold for 2 seconds. - Slowly lower yourself back down so that your feet are flat on the floor. - Do 15 repetitions. 4. Shoulder Shrugs For those of us who keep our tension in our shoulders, these simple exercises can help loosen those knots caused by stress. How to do shoulder shrugs: - Either stand upright or sit with your back straight. - Pull your shoulders up to your ears as high as you can. - Roll them forward 10 times. - Roll them backward 10 times. - Repeat as necessary. 5. Elbow-to-Knee Crunches For those looking to maintain that beach bod all-year-round while still seated at the desk, these simple exercises can keep those abs toned. How to do elbow-to-knee crunches: - Sit at a stable chair. - Tuck your hands behind your head with your elbows to the sides. - Lift your right knee up as you curl up and bring your left elbow to touch your right knee. - Change sides: lift your left knee up, curl in and touch your right elbow to your left knee. - Do 15 repetitions per side for a total of 30 crunches. About the Author: FHMatch , all-in-one `Business in a Box’! If you're a professional this is for you, it’s always FREE to showcase your profile on FHMatch! Empowering professionals to engage, manage and grow their client base - everything you need to get started in 3 min or less. |Merchant Payments| Unlimited - No Fee Booking, Invoicing & Messaging| Showcase Photos & Videos, Subsidized Insurance|