The Lead - 2017

Deskercise - Desk Exercises“Deskercise”

If a mid-day slump starts to hit, try these easy and discreet workplace exercises for a quick pick-me-up!

Desk Pushups – Place both hands on desk, walk feet back to 45 degrees, lower your body toward desk, and push yourself back up.

Book Press - Take a heavy book and hold it overhead with both hands. Keep elbows forward, slowly lower the book behind head to 90 degrees, and raise it back up.

Shoulder Blade Squeezes – Pretend to squeeze a pencil between your shoulder blades and hold for 10 seconds before releasing.

Chair Squats – Stand six inches in front of a chair, lower yourself down until your “cheeks” touch the chair – making sure that your knees do not extend past your toes. Slowly stand back up.

Calf Raises – Stand with one hand on the back of a chair for balance, raise up on your toes, hold for 10 seconds, and then lower your heels back to the floor.

Back Arch & Twist - Raise arms overhead, stretch upward and gently bend backwards. Straighten and stretch from side to side. Lower your arms to your sides, slowly twist to one side and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat on the other side.

Shoulder Shrugs and Rotations – Raise your shoulders towards ears, release, and then rotate your shoulders forward and backward.

Neck Rotations - Gently rotate your neck in small circles, and then side to side, by slowly lowering your ear toward each shoulder.

Suzanne Toon, MS, CPT, Health Coach

Resources: American Council on Exercise


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