By Tracey, Pure Matters
If your daily workout consists of taking the stairs to the vending machines one floor up, it might be time to sprinkle in a little more exercise. Luckily, there are a bunch of mini-workouts you can right at your desk. They’re a great way to break up your day -- and burn a few calories. Read on for six quick ideas anyone can do.
First, make sure the chair you’re using is stable. If it’s got wheels, lock ‘em. Sit down and place your hands next to your hips. Start with your behind at the front edge of your chair. Holding tightly, pick your behind off the chair and dip it toward the ground until your elbows make a 90-degree angle. Push back up until your arms are straight. Do a couple sets of 10 dips.
Find a full water bottle and stretch it high over your head with both hands, keeping your arms straight. Bend to the left as far as you can, making sure to contract your abs. Return to the center and move to the right. Do 8 reps per side.
Slowly push your heels off the ground until you’re on your tiptoes. Then, ease your heel back down to the ground. Repeat. Sound too easy? Trust me, you’ll feel the burn after the first 20 or 30.
Invest in a stability ball (they’re not expensive.) Every afternoon, replace your desk chair with the ball for a full hour. Not only will it help your posture, sitting on a stability ball forces you to use your abs for balance. After a few days use the ball for two hours. Keep increasing every few days. Once you’ve used it for five full days, take a week or two off and start again at the beginning.
Laptop Bag Bend
Free weights aren’t usually readily available at work so, just grab your laptop bag for this exercise. Hold the bag with both hands in front of you. Tighten your posterior muscles and bend forward at the hips. Keeping your back straight, lower the laptop bag to the floor in one motion. Then, lift the bag and return to the starting position. Do 2 sets of 10.
Once you’ve mastered the other exercises, this is a great one to try. Standing two feet away, place your hands on the edge of your desk, about shoulder width apart. Lower yourself down until your chest is about two inches off the desk. Push back up until you’re back in the standing position. Repeat 10 times.