Deskercises – Exercising for the Desk-Bound

We love Breakfast with Nat & Drew—Virgin Radio’s morning show. The other day, when we were laughing (out loud), listening to Drew Savage, he mentioned that The American Journal of Preventative Medicine has new recommendations for office workers: Deskercises.

Yes, we said deskercises (exercises that you can do while sitting at your desk, at work). This is truly what desk-bound business people (you, and us) need to do to keep healthier. Of course, if you have the time to go to the gym or for a run during your workday, that would better. Unfortunately, many of us don’t. So, in the spirit of exercising and keeping fit, here’s the rundown of the different exercises the Journal recommends (as stated on Drew’s blog, with a few notes from the FACETS Business Solutions team:

The Chair Dip: Hold onto the arms of your chair, and then lift your feet a couple of inches off the ground, and press down on the arms so you raise your entire body. Straighten your arms completely, hold for one second and then lower onto the chair. (Be careful to only do this if your chair is stable, and does not have wheels!)

Desk Push-Ups: Keep arms straight out, shoulder-width apart, at the edge of your desk, and keep your back and legs in a straight line (feet flat on the floor), and start doing your push-ups. (This one’s a toughie)

The Seated Reverse Crunch: Scoot down to the edge of your chair; place your hands on your armrests, and bring your knees up to your chest. (How many can you do? Our number is 20!)

Seat Squat: Stand a few inches in front of your chair; hold your arms straight out in front of you, and squat down until your bum hits the chair, then stand right back up. (This exercise feels so good).

Okay, your turn. Try it and let us know how it goes.


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