The human body was meant to move, not sit at a desk for hours on end. The hours we spend hunched over our computers at work, sitting in our cars commuting, and lying on the couch in front of the TV at the end of the day are a recipe for poor posture, muscle and joint aches, and obesity. While the following exercises won’t necessarily give you perfect abs or bulging biceps, they are a simple way to add a little more activity to your hectic day and help ward off the consequences of all that sitting.
Leg Lifts and Hamstring Stretches:
While holding onto the edge of your desk for support, lift one leg straight out in front of you and flex your toes back toward your body. Hold the position for 10 to 15 seconds before lowering your leg back to the ground. Repeat the process with the other leg. Do 20 repetitions with each leg.
Stand at your desk or behind your chair with your feet together. While holding onto the desk or chair, raise yourself up by standing on your tip-toes. Hold the position for 10 to 15 seconds and lower your heels back to the ground. Repeat the exercise 20 times.
Desk Push Ups:
Stand a few feet back from your desk. Lean forward to grasp the edge of your desk, making sure that your body makes a 45-degree angle and that your back remains straight. Slowly lower yourself toward your desk and push yourself back up. Do 10 to 20 repetitions during your breaks or between tasks.
Stand facing away from your desk. Reach behind your back to grasp the edge of your desk. Make sure your back is straight, your shoulders are back, your chin is up, and your buttocks are tucked in and squeezed together. Slowly lower yourself until your knees and hips are at a 90-degree angle. You should make sure you keep your elbows facing back. Do 15 to 20 repetitions at various times during the day.
Overhead Arm Stretches:
Raise your arms overhead as high as you can and use one hand to grasp the wrist of your other arm. Slowly stretch to the left and hold the position for approximately 10 seconds. Slowly return to where you are standing straight with your arms overhead. Repeat the process as you lean to the right. Do 15 to 20 repetitions.
Benefits of Exercising at Your Desk:
Periodic bursts of activity during your workday provides a number of health benefits, including:
- You increase your circulation.
- You breathe deeper and stimulate your metabolism to burn more calories.
- You build muscle strength and better posture.
Anderlyn Stand Up Desk actively contributes to a healthier lifestyle that allows standing at the workplace. Our unique riser and converter ‘stand up’ desk is used in many businesses throughout the U.S., proving how great a desk with adjustability really is.