Five brilliant desk based exercises you can do every day

It’s hard to stay in shape if you are seated at a desk all day. Most days your body is fairly immobile as you sit there, tapping various buttons on a keyboard whilst staring silently at the screen placed on your desk.

Keeping fit whilst at work isn’t easy, but even the most gym-phobic person can do a little exercise in the office, even if they are stuck behind a desk from nine ‘til five.  Here are some steps you can take to become healthier at work, try these exercises when you get a spare minute or two.        

Our top five desk based exercises:

Chair dips

This is a useful exercise if your chair has sturdy armrests. Check first to ensure they can support your upper body weight.  To start, place your hands firmly on the rests and lift your feet slightly off the floor whilst tightening your tummy. Next push your arms down and lift your body off the seat until your arms lock. Hold this position for a couple of seconds and gently lower your body back down. Repeat ten times.

Leg extensions

In the sitting position, lift one leg off the chair and extend it until it’s fully straight. Hold that position for a couple of seconds. Next lower the leg but stop short of placing it fully on the floor. Keep the leg in that position for five seconds then lower as normal. Alternate between legs and repeat 10 times per leg.

Shoulder hunch

Whilst seated at your desk try to squeeze both shoulder blades together. As you feel the pinch hold for a few seconds then release. Repeat this exercise ten times. It’s a nice way to de-stress if you’re having a bad day.

Torso twist

Sit facing your desk. Turn your head slowly to the left whilst carefully twisting your torso to the right. Hold this position for five seconds. Now do the same for the opposite side. Repeat 15 times for the maximum amount of benefit.

Neck stretch

Carefully lower your head until your left ear is nearly touching your left shoulder. Hold for a few seconds then do the same with the right ear. Repeat ten times for a total neck workout.

All of these exercises are easy to complete whilst seated at a desk. Try them as part of your new healthy work routine.