7 Workout Moves You Can Do at Your Desk

The Huffington Post says that sitting at your desk is the new smoking. But, if you don't have time to hit the gym or take a walk on your lunch break, these quick 5-minute workouts you can do at your desk will help you stay active without having to leave the office. 

1. Stretch

Reach your arms up, tilt your head from side to side, roll your neck around, and shrug your shoulders. You'll release some of the muscle tension that builds up from hours of sitting.

2. Take the stairs

Ok, so maybe you can't *technically* do this at your desk, but get your blood moving by taking the stairs at work or taking a few laps around the office. 

3. Squats

Stand up out of your chair, and slowly lower into a seated position without touching your bottom to the chair. Repeat 15-20 times.

4. Knee press

With your right ankle on your left knee, use your palms to gently press against the right knee down a few times. When you're done, switch sides.

5. Glute squeeze

Squeeze your glutes as tightly as you can for 10-30 seconds, release, and repeat.

6. Get crafty with office furniture

If you have access to a private office or meeting room, use a chair to do tricep dips and use a desk for inclined push ups. Then, stand with your back against a wall and lower yourself into wall sit. Hold for 30-60 seconds. Finally, if you have the space, perform 15-20 reps of alternating lunges.

7. Leg raise

While sitting at your desk, straighten your legs and hold them in place for 5-10 seconds. Then, lower them, but don't touch the ground. Repeat 15-20 times. Want more of a challenge? Try looping your purse or briefcase around your ankle for added weight.

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