Many people have desk based jobs and your bum can be glued to your seat for many hours throughout the day. A desk based workout, or deskercise – as I like to call it, is not only good for your physical health but also your mental health. Obviously I’m not saying you will end up with a body type like The Rock (hello fellow WWE fans!) by doing these exercises, but you will benefit in many other ways.
Take the stairs
This one may seem obvious but you would be surprised how many people I’ve seen opting for the lift to walk up one flight of stairs. Even if you are tired after a long day, try to push yourself a little. If you have the option of taking a lift or using the stairs, try to opt for taking the stairs as often as possible.
Raise both shoulders up toward your ears, hold for 5 seconds, and then relax. Repeat this for 15 reps. This should also help if you are feeling quite tense, by focusing on your breathing.
Marching on the spot
Push your hands up towards the ceiling with your palms, whilst marching in place. You can make this a little bit harder by holding water bottles. Do this for 20 reps.
Lift your knees
For 20 reps, lift your knee up in front of you as your arms go down. This also keeps your brain active as it requires extra concentration and coordination.
This can be a little hard on the knees but it doesn’t attract much attention. Put your legs out behind you, shoulder width apart and move from side to side with as much force as you can. Perhaps you could use a desk to push yourself. Do this 10 times per side.
Always try to have some fruit/vegetables or protein bars at your desk to munch on. If you feel a bit embarrassed about exercising at your desk, you could sneak off and find an empty conference room. If you don’t want to follow my examples – that’s fine. Perhaps you could create your own desk based workout to follow or adapt exercises you do enjoy into your working day.