If your new year’s resolution involved more physical activity, don’t relegate it straight to the gym. There are innumerable ways to boost your heart rate and strengthen your body right from your own desk. These moves take minimal effort but offer maximum returns when practiced with any regularity. Consider these three super simple desk-ercises to keep your body engaged and your resolution legitimate.
Casually raise your calves and straighten your legs beneath your desk. Repeat this action 15 times for 3 sets. Challenge yourself weekly, raising the number of reps or the number of sets. Before you know it, you’ll see results in your thighs and core.
Raise your arms up above your head and gently stretch your fingers to the sky. Hold this stretch, lengthening on inhales and stretching on exhales for 15 – 20 seconds. Repeat every couple of hours to shake off the bodily stress of daily sitting and typing.
Hula your afternoon away by engaging your core to do gentle midsection twists without ever leaving your chair. This office exercise hinges on your chair having a swivel base, enabling you to keep your upper body stationary while you gently twist your hips, swiveling your chair left and right.
Try each of these simple exercises to make your health a priority this year. See Dr. Della Parker for a free consultation or call 503-344-6631.