The art of ‘deskercise’

Deskercise: a quick, daily routine to keep you moving at your desk

It’s no secret that being cubicle-bound for hours on end can spell disaster for your physical health. In fact – and not to alarm you as you sit there at work reading this – but a study by Louisiana’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center found that workers who spent most of their day sitting down are 54 per cent more likely to have a heart attack. Luckily, it’s not difficult to take daily measures to counter the various health risks that stem from a sedentary lifestyle. You can start by getting acquainted with our guide to desk-based exercises.

Spinal tap

Looking for an instant antidote to a day hunched over your desk? Start by straightening your back, stretching your arms towards the ceiling, holding the back of your chair and twisting your body to the right. Make sure you hold this for ten seconds before emulating these movements for your other side. Your spine will thank you.

Say no to carpal tunnel

Carpal tunnel syndrome is the sedentary office worker’s worst nightmare. Keep it at bay by standing at your desk with your palms on a flat surface, straightening your arms and lowering your body until you can feel the stretch. Hold this for fifteen second and repeat throughout the day for maximum effect.  

Ride the magic carpet

Strengthening your core can work magic for your posture and breathing. Try sitting in your chair with your legs crossed and feet on the seat and follow up by sucking in your stomach and lifting yourself a few inches above your chair. Hold this pose for 20 seconds before you rest, and repeat in the morning and afternoon.

Wooden leg

Now that you’ve worked your core, it’s time to focus on building your lower body. Extend one leg out in front of you, lift it as high as possible and hold this pose for five seconds. Don’t forget to repeat this process for both legs.

Although it may take some time to weave desk-based exercise into your daily routine, consider it an investment in your long-term health.

Looking for more ways to keep active at work? Check out these 5 minute workouts for the office.

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