Madly in Love with Me: Deskercise Your Way To Better Health

By: Shilpa Bhim

We all know that sitting hunched over your desk all day long is no good for your health and wellbeing. 

But sometimes we just don’t have a choice, right? There are deadlines to be met, and emails to be sent, and meetings to attend. You barely have time to eat lunch, let alone think about your health and wellbeing and step out for some exercise. 

Except, as the day goes on, you might find your mind starting to feel foggy, and your body starting to ache or feel lethargic. 

Luckily, all hope is not lost, as deskercising (exercising at your desk for those not in the know) is here to save the day, and your health and wellbeing.

So, I’m sharing some of my favorite moves to keep your body and mind feeling good during work hours. Pro tip: these deskercises don’t actually require you to work at a desk and can be done in any type of workplace (trust me, I’ve done it)!


Neck

Put your head in your hands and press your palms into your forehead as if you’re trying to push the head backward. 

Resist the motion by engaging the neck muscles. Next, clasp the hands behind the back of the head and try to push the head backward, resisting the motion with your hands. 

Hold each deskercise for five seconds, release, rest, and repeat 5 times each.


Shoulders

Raise both shoulders up toward the ears, shrugging like you just don’t know, hold for 5 seconds, then relax. Repeat 10 - 15 times. 


Back 

To stretch your back and strengthen your biceps, place your hands on the desk (or a bench or table) and hold on tight. 

Slowly push your chair back until your head is between your arms and you're looking at the floor. Then slowly pull yourself back in. Repeat 15 times.

 

Legs

If you wear heels, you might want to take them off for this one!

Sitting in your chair, lift one leg off the seat, extend it out straight, hold for 2 seconds, then lower your foot (stop short of the floor) and hold for about 10 seconds. Switch and do each leg 15 times.

When you can step away from your workplace, take the stairs rather than the elevator, and take a walk around the block to get your blood flowing and to clear your mind with a bit of fresh air. This is especially important if your workplace tends to get a bit stuffy during the day.

Above all else, I highly encourage you to actually leave your desk/work at some stage and put your health and wellbeing first.


Shilpa is a freelance health, beauty and travel writer from Melbourne, Australia. When she’s not writing, she’s out and about exploring places around Australia and the world. You can keep up with her adventures over at @skb.ontherun and check out her latest articles here.



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