How To ... Exercise at your desk

2014-05-25 06:00

Deskbound and worried about not getting enough exercise?

Joburg dietician Lynn Odendaal says doing minor body stretches while sitting at your desk or waiting for copies at the printer can help relieve tension and make you more productive.

In case you’re wondering what your colleagues will think when you shrug your shoulders or play with your feet, Odendaal says: “Many of the desk exercises are discreet and many people do them without [others] even knowing.”

Try these:

» Walk

Instead of taking an elevator to the canteen or the next floor, try walking up and down the stairs.

If you drive to work, choose to park your car far away from the entrance of the building so that you walk a longer distance.

» Leg lifts

Leg lifts are the perfect discreet exercise. All you have to do while reading that email is sit up straight and lift one or both legs. While they are lifted, try flexing them as if you are drawing half circles. This is usually easier if your circle is going outward.

» Tap your feet

This is also a nice little exercise you can do without getting up and it’s a great way of improving blood circulation. Just tap your feet every now and then. Start slowly and increase the pace as you go along. Be careful not to make a noise and disturb your neighbour.

» Move around

Getting up and walking to the printer or to your colleague to ask for something, not only relieves tension but also gives you a little break from the madness of never-ending emails.

» Shrug your shoulders

This is another great exercise that will not attract attention. All you need to do is shrug your shoulders. Do it for a minute or two. Start by taking a deep breath and end with one as well. You will be amazed at how good it feels.

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