5 Exercises You Can Do At Your Desk

Straight Leg Lifts

You just learned a couple exercises for building up the strength in your arms. However, don't forget to work your legs and buttocks, too.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests incorporating squats into your strength regimen. This will help your buttocks, thighs and hips, which, in turn, will make it easier to climb the stairs or even just walk [source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]. To perform a squat in your office:

  • Stand in front of your chair.
  • Put your feet a little farther apart than shoulder-width.
  • Keep in mind throughout this exercise that your knees shouldn't pass your toes, but be positioned over your ankles. Your back should be straight.
  • Now, lower down slowly until you are almost sitting in your chair. Hold the position for a moment and then come back up.
  • Try two sets of 10 with a couple minutes of rest in between.

Now, keep that chair handy. You'll need it for the next exercise on our list.

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