You know what they say when it comes to working out, there are #NoExcuses! Except when you work-full time, have errands to run and are in a committed relationship with Netflix..
Don’t count yourself out of the #fitfam yet, there are other ways to work on your fitness. Enter, the desk workout. From subtle stretches to full-out exercises, the Lotus Leaf team has outlined the best ways for you to get moving during the workday.
Leg extensions: While seated at your desk, lift and straighten a leg (or both), hold and repeat 15-20 times. The key is to not touch your foot to the floor in between reps.
Danielle tried this move out: This one was fun, effective and sneaky. However, I think I would have to do more than 15 and hold it for more than 5 seconds to feel anything substantial.
Exercise ball: Swap out your desk chair for a large stability ball. It forces you to engage your core and sit with good posture. All around win-win.
Toe taps: Just like it sounds, this exercise requires you to tap your toes as fast as you can under your desk. It works your leg muscles and may also lead to a career in tap dancing.
Here’s what Tejiri thought: Definitely a great workout because you can do it without feeling self-conscious, it’s under your desk and it doesn’t even feel like exercise. After the first minute I began to feel the burn in my thighs though.
Incline pushups: Stand back and rest your hands on your desk (if it’s sturdy/stable/secured) or the wall at a 45 degree angle and lower yourself to a pushup position. Try to knock out 20.
Hamstring curls: Standing with hands on your desk or chair for balance, kick your leg back aiming to get your heel to your thigh. Hold and repeat 15 times per leg.
Shelene’s verdict: If you’re working through lunch or can’t make it outside for a walk, this is the perfect exercise for you. It appears super simple but when you finish that first rep the burn starts to creep up on you. I’m going to get the Lotus Leaf crew up and doing an office-wide hammy deskercise 😉
Chair tricep dips: Find a non-wheely chair and perform 10-15 tricep dips by hanging onto the edge and straightening then lowering arms to a 90 degree angle.
…workout your eyes and watch model Noah Mills‘ version of office exercise. You’re welcome.
Written by Kathleen McDonald