Exercises to Do While Sitting at Your Computer Desk

Did you know? Sitting at your desk for more than 23 hours a week puts you at a higher risk of a heart disease than your counterparts who sit for less than 11 hours a week. Break that body rhythm of inactivity with office exercises while sitting at your desk.

Stretch Your Body

Rotate your neck and stretch every muscle in it.
Put your hands together in front of you and make a grip and stretch.
Repeat the above step by placing your hands behind your back.
Rotate your shoulders, backward and forward.
Make a fist and rotate both wrists.
Now, stretch your calves and hamstrings by pointing your feet up and then, down.
Rotate your ankles in clockwise and anti-clockwise directions.

Chair Squats

Stand in front of your computer and push your chair a feet away.
Keep your feet apart, in alignment with your shoulders.
Place your hands parallel to the floor.
Take a deep breath and suck your stomach in.
Rise on your heels while you breathe.
Bend your knees slowly as you squat towards the chair behind you.
Just before you are almost about to sit on the chair, stop.
Hold for 10 seconds and feel the contraction in your hamstrings.
Now, exhale as you go back to the standing position.
Do 2 sets of 12 reps.

Standing Crunches

Stand in front of your desk with your feet again in alignment with your shoulders.
Keep your back straight as you slowly take a deep breath.
Let your shoulders relax and bend a little forward.
Contract your abdomen muscles as you exhale completely.
Do this is in swift movements, increasing the intensity.
Do 3 sets of 15 reps.
To make this a strength training exercise as well, hold two full bottles of water. Stand with your hands on your sides, holding the bottles, parallel to the ground. Every time you exhale and crunch your abdomen muscles, bring your hands together to your front. As you inhale, bring them back to the previous position. You may increase a set.

Desk Push-ups

Place your arms on the edge of the desk.
Drag your toes a few feet away from your desk, such that you can lean on the edge of the desk, without falling flat on the floor.
You should be in a slant position with your chin directly in alignment with the edge of the desk, when your elbows are bent.
Straighten your elbows as you come up and inhale.
Slowly exhale, as you lean towards the desk again. Repeat.
Don’t bend your knees. Keep your back straight.
Do 3 sets of 12 reps.

Tips to Keep Your Metabolism Rate Up

Drink 2 bottles of water between 9 to 5.
Keep munching on low-fat snacks like nuts and fruits, every two hours.
Have a light lunch or break it up into 3 small meals.
Fetch water from the water cooler.
Chat up with a co-worker on the next floor.
Walk up to colleagues instead of sending mails and memos.
Take the stairs, not the lift!
Take a 10 minute walk post lunch and an evening snack.
You can even try out some yoga postures at your desk.
Remember, do not exercise for up to 30 minutes after a meal.

Any exercises that involve lifting weights and which stretch your muscles are an ideal way to keep your metabolism rate elevated for a longer time. Though cardio provides instant increase in metabolism rate and burns fat, slow and intense muscle training exercises build muscle mass which helps burn fat over the long run and has lasting durations. Just ensure that you are performing these exercises with full devotion and at a greatly reduced pace for maximum benefits. Also, if you stay physically idle all day long, there will be no major movement in muscles and no energy will be spent so your body will be clued into not to carry out any energy producing activities and shuts down. This is really bad news for your metabolism rate that remains low throughout the day. It can gradually lead to cardiovascular diseases, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity over the years. I am not saying that you stop your workouts but you need to do your office exercises too.

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