Easy Desk Exercises to Keep Fit at Work

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Technology has been great at increasing productivity and efficiency at work. We get access to more information; we can communicate with others more quickly and collaboration with teammates is much easier. The one drawback however is that we now spend way more time stuck at our desks to get work done.

Why is sitting too much bad for you?

We might not consciously be aware of it but too much of a sedentary lifestyle is not good for us. Movement of muscles and activity is vital for our body to function more efficiently and avoid injuries and aches. Some disadvantages of sitting too long are:

·         Too much stagnations weakens large leg muscles and gluteal muscles

·         Less efficient digestion as movement of muscles aids the digestive systems

·         Constantly hunched over the computer can lead to pain and stiffness in your neck and shoulders

What can you do to make it better?

Unfortunately, many of us have no choice but to sit at desks to get our work done. However, there are a few desk exercises that are great to do in the office to keep yourself active and get your muscles moving.

Chair Lunges
With your back facing the chair, start by placing your rear foot on a chair and have your lead foot slightly in front of you. Take a medium to long step forward and lower yourself till your thigh is parallel to the ground. Once your thigh is parallel, push yourself back up using your leading leg and repeat the same two motion as many times as you like. (Make sure your chair doesn’t have rollers though!)

Desk Push Ups
Lean forward and place both hands on the edge of the desk. Make sure your body is at an angle and perform a push-up by bending elbows and moving your chest towards the desk.  

Calf Raises

Stand up straight, your back upright — then slowly push against the balls of your feet and raise your heel until you’re on your toes. Stay up for a second or two then slowly lower your heels back to the floor. Repeat as many times as you’d like.

Shoulder Rolls

This can be done standing or sitting down. Ensure you have a good, straight posture. Then, roll your shoulders up, back and down. Repeat this movement about 10 times. Repeat the movement but in the opposite direction: moving your shoulders up forward then down 10 times.

A healthy lifestyle at work

While working productively and efficiently is important, it shouldn’t come at the cost of your well-being. Sometimes even the little things that you do can go a long way in ensuring you’re taking care of yourself and your body at work. And once you’ve done your little exercises grab one of the many options from Snackwize’s carefully curated healthy snack boxes to satisfy those afternoon cravings for food.

Conor Reynolds