The Best Exercises You Can Legit Do at Your Desk

Stay active at work and lower the risk for many health problems


The unfortunate trend in the U.S. and all over the world is that people spend more and more time in a sedentary position, whether it is at work or at home. In fact, 25 percent of adults in the country are not active at all, according to the CDC.[slideshow:86885]

The good news is that it doesn’t take a lot of effort to reverse the trend and to foster physical activity and exercise habits, whether you are working in an office and have fallen victim to a deskbound way of life.

“Moving during the day, even at the office, can reduce the risk of backaches, stiffness and headaches,” Angela Gallagher, Certified Group Fitness Instructor and Certified Personal Trainer, says.

With a little imagination, you can think of several practical ways to move more and sit less when you are at work. Gallagher has a few suggestions: Create a standing or moving workstation; replace your regular office chair with a resistance ball; make phone time, walk time and meeting time, standing (or walking) time.

“Every time your phone rings, get up and walk around in your office space. This will assist you with building an associative positive habit,” she adds. “Movement increases productivity.”

The 30-minute challenge, as Gallagher calls it, is also helpful. Set an alarm on your cell phone to alert you every half an hour. “As soon as the alarm goes off, complete a two-minute physical activity challenge such as walking in place, pulling the knees higher toward the belly button,” she adds, or use your office chair for exercising.

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