It’s January 3rd and health is in the air. As many of us are wrapping up the first week of our New Year’s resolution diets, you may be wondering how much longer your celery and kale weight loss plan will last. However, diet cannot be the only component to a healthy lifestyle. Incorporating exercise is an important key to staying fit and maintaining a balanced life. Below are several exercises you can do at your desk — and why not throw in a few 80’s references while we’re at it? After all, studies prove that fun physical activity is more effective than the treadmill alone, and what’s more fun than an 80’s rewind?
1. Hungry Like the Wolf Hamstring Curl
Stand behind desk chair and hold the chair back with both hands for support. Gently kick your right foot back, keeping the heel flexed towards the top of thigh. Lower that foot to the ground and repeat motion for a total of 10 repetitions. Repeat motion with 10 reps using your left leg, rest for 30 seconds and then finish with another 10 reps each leg. These curls will have your hamstrings feeling totally righteous!
Focus: Hamstrings & Glutes
2. Don’t Stop Believing Calf Raises
Stand behind chair/desk and hold with both hands for support. Slowly raise both heels off of the floor, so you’re standing on your tippy toes. Hold for two seconds and lower heels just above ground. Repeat 20 times. Feeling bold? Try single leg calf raises and alternate between sets.
3. Working for the Weekend Wall Sit
Stand with back against wall. Bend knees and slide your back down the wall until thighs are parallel to the floor. Legs should be at a 90-degree angle and shoulder’s width apart. Sit and hold that position for 30-60 seconds.
4. Round and Round Oblique Swivel
Sit upright with feet hovering above the floor. Hold the edge of the desk with fingers and thumb. Use core to swivel chair from side to side. Rotate back and forth in reps of 15.
5. Time After Time Tricep Dip
Using a desk or a non-rolling chair, sit at the edge and place hands on either side of the body while gripping the chair’s edge. With feet secured on the floor, take a step or two away from the desk/chair and straighten arms to lift up the body. Next, bend arms at a 90-degree angle to dip body. Hold position for 2 seconds before re-straightening. Continue with reps of 10. Tricep dips will have those arms looking tubular in no time.
6. Come on Eileen Core Lift
Raise legs into a criss-cross position while remaining seated in chair. With both hands firmly holding the tops of the armrests, push upwards to raise body off the seat. Remain suspended for 10-20 seconds before releasing back down to the chair. Rest for 5-10 seconds and repeat. Feeling bad to the bone? Slowly swivel chair back and forth while lifted
7. Livin’ on a Prayer Posture Perfecter
Adjust chair height to make sure feet, hips and arms are at a 90-degree angle from the floor. Engage the core to keep back straight throughout the day.
Exercising alone can be a total bummer. To keep it fun and make your weight loss resolution a success in 2013, join iMeet with a friend and spend your lunch break deskercising together.
What’s your secret to staying fit in the new year? Share your radical ideas with us!