Sneaky Ways to Exercise at your Desk

Don't let your desk job get in the way of that fit, healthy body you've been working towards this year. Find out how to work out while at work.

Just because you're desk-bound at your day job, it doesn't mean you have an excuse to remain sedentary for eight (or more!) hours.

As more and more people take up office jobs, a greater range of desk exercises (or deskercises) have been created to help combat weight gain and health issues caused by living a sedentary lifestyle. We've collected a few of the best to help keep you alert, limber and fighting fit, no matter your occupation.

Calf raises

Any time you're standing up, whether it's talking to a fellow employee or waiting for documents to print, sculpt your legs with calf raises. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and rise up on your tip toes, pausing at the top then slowly lowering back down. Repeat as often as you can for as long as you want, resting in between repetitions of 15. 

For an advanced workout, try working one leg at a time. The best part of this is that it's relatively subtle, so most people won't even notice you're doing it.

Tone those glutes and abs

For those times when you simply can't get out of your chair, focus on those movements you can do while seated. Tone your buttocks by squeezing them as hard as you can and holding that for 5-10 seconds, repeating until the glutes are too tired to continue. Then move on to your abdominals, isolating them by focusing on the stomach muscles and clenching them for 10 seconds at a time. Release and repeat.

Tricep dips

You can tone up those bingo wings from the comfort of your work cubicle. Use a study desk or a chair without wheels, turning your back to it and placing hands at either side beside your body, grasping the object. Squat down, using your arms on the desk or chair for leverage, then push back up.

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