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How To Keep Fit When You Work At A Desk All Day

Posted by Shilpa Bhim on
How To Keep Fit When You Work At A Desk All Day

We all know that sitting hunched over your desk all day long is no good for your health. But sometimes we just don’t have a choice, right? There are deadlines to be met, and emails to be sent, and meetings to attend  - you barely have time to eat lunch, let alone think about your health and step out for some exercise. 

Luckily, all hope is not lost, as deskercising (exercising at your desk for those not in the know) is here to save the day (and your health). Here are some of our favourite moves to keep your body feeling good during the old 9-5:

Neck

Put your head in your hands and press your palms into your forehead as if you’re trying to push the head backwards. Resist the motion by engaging the neck muscles. Next, clasp the hands behind the back of the head and try to push the head backward, resisting the motion with your hands. Hold each deskercise for five seconds, release, rest, and repeat 5 times each.

Shoulders

Raise both shoulders up toward the ears, shrugging like you just don’t know, hold for 5 seconds, then relax. Repeat 10 - 15 times. 

Back 

To stretch your back and strengthen your biceps, place your hands on the desk and hold on tight. Slowly push your chair back until your head is between your arms and you're looking at the floor. Then slowly pull yourself back in. Repeat 15 times.

Legs

You might want to take your heels off for this one. Sitting in your chair, lift one leg off the seat, extend it out straight, hold for 2 seconds, then lower your foot (stop short of the floor) and hold for about 10 seconds. Switch and do each leg 15 times.

When you can step away from your desk remember to take the stairs rather than the elevator, and take a walk around the block to get your blood flowing and to clear your mind with a bit of fresh air.

Looking for extra ways to maintain your health while at the office? Why not check out these 5 healthy snacks to get you through the day. Or, check out our recipes page for some healthy meal ideas!

Above all else, remember to actually leave your desk/work at some stage and #staywild.

Image: via @p.e.nation

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