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Ever feel like your job is what’s making you fat? Fret no more! The truth is that you don’t need to wake up before the sun to go running or pay for a fancy gym membership to stay active. All you need to do is get creative with your routine at work.
You can start small by parking a little further away from your work, forcing you to get walking and your blood pumping. Or you could opt to take the stairs, which serves as cardio and a great thigh/glute exercise. In those spare moments between workloads, take a walk around the office and chat to your colleagues. It may not seem like much but when you do it every day, you’ll feel the benefits!
If you struggle to find time to leave your desk, here are some exercises you don’t have to venture far to do:
- Seated Leg Raises
While seated in your chair, make sure you are seated securely and comfortably, then straighten your legs out in front you. Slowly raise them up until your body is making an L shape, then lower them back down. Don’t rest them on the floor between raises! You need to keep your muscles tensed as you work them.
- Water Bottle Weights
This one is pretty straightforward. Fill up your water bottle and use it as if it was a free weight. You could do Bicep Curls, Tricep Raises, Overhead Tricep Extensions, etc.
- The Swiveling Abs
Sit up straight in your chair and tense your stomach muscles. Using your feet, swivel your chair from side to side, while facing forward. Your upper body should not move as you swivel.
- Chair Squats
Everyone dreads squats but these are much easier than you think! Begin by standing with your chair directly behind you. Then slowly lower yourself down onto your chair. When you make contact with the seat of the chair, begin to rise back up.
- Glute Squeeze
We are in the age of Glorious Glutes so join the trend with this easy to do exercise. Sitting at your desk, slowly tense your glute muscles and then slowly release them again. Keep repeating that and you’ll be on your way to glory!
- Calf Raises
Give some attention to you legs with some Calf Raises. While seated, tense your calf muscle and bring your leg up onto your tippy toes. Your toes should never leave the ground for this exercise. You even make it more challenging by crossing your other leg over the one you’re working out to add some extra weight or balance a ream of paper on your knee!
Simple, easy, and effective!