Exercises You Can Do At Work Every Day — Deskercises
So, you’ve been sitting hunched over your work all morning. No, it is not the best posture. Yes, it does tend to make you feel stiff and your back feels like it’s all out of whack. You feel the need to raise your arms above your head, straighten out your legs as far as they will reach, and stretch. Oh, man, it does feel good to stretch!
But, why stop there? Do you want to deskercise? Yes, it actually has a name. People are realizing the benefits of exercising during their work day. It raises energy levels, improves brain function and, hey, a little muscle tone is never a bad thing. Conversely, if the thought of actually working out at work is absolutely mortifying, How Stuff Works posted 10 Exercises You Can Do Secretly. A sound work out to stretch your muscles and get your blood circulating without drawing attention to yourself.
Although, if having people know you are taking a few minutes for a little health break is no big deal, you might want to take a look at this workout – complete with visual aid – that The Washington Post’s infographics team put together. They tested twelve exercises for a week put together by experts in the field to see if it was a do-able workout for “real people to incorporate into their work day.” They list their findings, quite amusingly at times, in pros and cons. They rate their findings, too. The categories? Difficulty, sweaty and humiliating. 😂
We’ll share a couple with you.
- Raise the Roof (20 Reps) While marching in place, push toward the ceiling with your palms up and thumbs almost touching your shoulders. Make it harder by holding water bottles.
Pro: One person found it “comforting” to dust off a 1990s dance move. Con: Brief panic while you try to remember if you shaved your armpits.
- The Hulk (20 Reps) Keep marching and leaning. With your elbows bent and fists together in front, move your arms back like wings. Try to touch your shoulder blades together.
Pro: Some people make funny sound effects. Con: Draws attention to the chest area.
It’s not a super strenuous workout and the exercises can be done in a limited amount of space. After watching the demonstration and, probably, because the first exercise mentions the 90’s dance move, I started thinking how fun these would be put to music. And, not just you going solo. What if others in the office joined you? It would be awesome, that’s what!
Though, if neither of these workouts appeal to you, do something to get moving. Exercise is beneficial for both body and mind. You’ll feel better, look better and maybe… just maybe the work day will seem to go a little quicker, too. 😉