Sitting is the new smoking! Too much of sitting can lead to obesity, aging and overall a deteriorated quality of life. It gets all the more difficult for people with 9-5 jobs as they have no other option but to sit at their desk and work for 8 straight hours. But, what they do not know is that there are many exercises that they can do right at their desk amidst all the phone calls, emails and deadlines. These simple exercises enable muscle movements without you having to get up! Check out these 5 ways to exercise at your workstation and get on to a healthy lifestyle or visit fit o’clock (the largest gym in Jaipur).
1) Shoulder Shrugging
Many of us sedentary workers have tension and pain in their shoulder and neck. Shoulder shrugging is a targeted exercise for shoulders and neck which releases the tension and brings the shoulder to its normal position.
- Sit up straight and tall in your chair
- Hold each side of your chair
- Now, by using your arm muscles, pull in a way that you are trying to lift your chair seat
- Pull for about 6- 10 seconds
- Release and then repeat the same at least 4-5 times
It is the exercise that enables movement of your abs muscles. You can do it while sitting as well as while walking. All it requires is some deep breathing so it can be a good stress reliever exercise, as well.
- Deep breathe through your nose
- When inhaling, tighten your abdomen muscles
- Squeeze and hold for about 5-10 seconds and release
- Repeat the same for at least 12-15 times
3) Leg Lifts
Sitting for such long periods can cause a dip in your overall strength and flexibility. This exercise enables movement of calf muscles which in a way keeps your leg muscles moving without you having to get up.
- Sit up tall and straight
- Cross one leg over the other
- Then, extend your legs and raise them as high as you can
- Press down with the top leg to further add resistance
- Hold on for at least 20-30 seconds
- Repeat the same with the opposite leg
4) Work Chair Twist
A bad posture while sitting can do a lot of damage to your core muscles. This is an effective exercise for lower back stretch. All you need is your work chair to twist and turn.
- Sit up straight and let your feet hover the floor.
- With both of your hands, grab the edge of your desk
- Swivel your chair from one side to another using your core muscles
- Do at least 10-15 reps (1 rep means one swivel from left to right)
Stretching is a way of doing Yoga at desk. Doing it for just a couple of times will not only enable some muscle movement but will make you feel good, at the same time. Though there are many stretching exercises that one can do, but we have put one that is simple and effective, at the same time.
- Sit straight up in your chair
- Entangle the fingers of your hand
- Keep your palms facing upwards and then stretch.
- Go as high as you can
- Repeat the same at least 5-10 times
Even when you do your desk exercises, it is necessary that you join a Gym for stronger muscles and healthier body. Find a gym near your workplace and make it a priority to give at least 30 minutes there. There are several gyms opened in Jaipur in different zones. For example, search for Gym in Raja Park or Gym in Vaishali Nagar and you might find some good options for fitness clubs.