Those long days at the office sitting hours on end can take a toll on our pretty little bodies. I know after I sit for awhile, my body feels stiff and I get pretty antsy. This is why it’s tough for me to sit through a 3+ hour movie. 😉
In an ideal world, we’d all be able to take breaks every half an hour and take a spin or yoga class mid-day. But in reality, many people log in 7+ hours of sitting and only taking bathroom breaks. YIKES!
My philosophy has always been that doing something is better than nothing, so, here are my 4 favorite exercises you can sneak in at work!
Abdominal Squeezes With Leg Lift
Brace your abs as if someone is going to sock you in the stomach but you can breath normally. While maintaining the abdominal brace, march your legs up and down (alternating sides). As you lift, think of your abdominal as being in charge of the movement and you brace your abs more with each lift. Perform 20 lifts on each leg.
Shoulder Blade Squeezes
While sitting tall and shoulders are relaxed, bring your shoulders back and squeeze your shoulder blades together. The motion is “IN and DOWN,” not up. Make sure your upper shoulders are relaxed. Hold the squeeze for 5 seconds and repeat 30 times. This is a good reset for your posture muscles.
Scoot your booty forward until it’s off your chair and hold onto your chair with your arms straight at your sides. If you are on a rolling chair, make sure you have a good grip on your chair before you begin. Slowly bend your elbows straight behind you and straighten. Repeat 20 repetitions.
Single Leg Squats
Every time you need to sit down or stand up, try doing so on one leg. Make sure you brace your hands on your desk top for support. Try getting in 20 on each leg throughout your day!
Are there any exercises you try to sneak in while at the office?
Please share in the comments below!