Exercise at Your Desk: Whittle That Waist

Posted: Nov 14 in Getting Active, Lifestyle by
No matter how many hours you spend in front of a computer, it is very important that you exercise. To keep your waistline from expanding, try a few simple exercises. If anything, you will feel more energized.
 
Before you begin any of these exercises, try to control your breathing. Breathe slowly and calmly, exhaling more than you inhale. For example, you should inhale to the count of 4 and exhale to the count of 8.
 
Twist Your Torso #1:
 
This exercise is best done in a non-swivel chair. 
 
Sit in your chair comfortably, your back pressed against the back of the chair with a straight spine, feet flat on the floor. Put your hands on your waistline. Make sure your shoulders are down so the tension is relieved in that area. Gently turn your torso to the right, also looking to the right. Hold for a few seconds, and then return to the forward facing position. Do the same exercise to the left. Repeat 10-20 times on each side.
 
Twist Your Torso #2:
 
This exercise is best done in a non-swivel chair. 
 
Sit in your chair comfortably, your back pressed against the back of the chair with a straight spine, feet flat on the floor. Lift your arms straight up in the air. Make sure your shoulders are down so the tension is relieved in that area. Gently turn your torso to the right, also looking to the right. Hold for a few seconds, and then return to the forward facing position. Do the same exercise to the left. Repeat 10-20 times on each side.
 
Touch Your Toes:
 
This exercise can be done in any type of chair.
 
#1. Sit in your chair comfortably, your back pressed against the back of the chair, feet flat on the floor and reach forward until you are touching your toes. If you are more flexible, you can touch the floor. Return to upright position, using your stomach muscles, and repeat. Do this 10-20 times.
 
Twist & Touch Your Toes:
 
#2 Sit in your chair comfortably, your back pressed against the back of the chair, feet flat on the floor and reach forward with your right hand until you are touching your left foot. If you are more flexible, you can touch the floor. Your left arm should be up behind you, and be careful where it goes if you have limited room! Return to upright position, using your stomach muscles, and repeat. Do the same exercise to the left. Repeat 10-20 times on each side.
 
Always be careful when doing these exercises as you don’t want to injure yourself. If you are in a public office setting, you might want to do these exercises in a break area or during your lunch break. You might also have more time before or after you work your shift. If you work at home, you can also play music while doing these exercises.

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