5 Fun Office Exercises

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office-workouts-workplace-ecard-someecardsYour office was not made just for sitting at a desk. Believe it or not, it’s actually a gym in disguise. Even if you don’t have actual exercise equipment at work, you can still put in an effective office exercise routine.

Here are 5 fun office exercises to help you stay on track plus keep you limber after being sedentary for hours:

exerciseballofficechair1. Sit on an Exercise Ball

It may sound strange but it is fun and does a lot to help your posture and strengthen your core. It basically can double as a chair so your spine gets ergonomic support while you work out while you work.

2. Raise the Roof

This is a great way to get some exercise while still looking on point by knowing your latest hip-hop moves. All you have to do is march in place, put your palms up with your thumbs close to your shoulders and push upwards. You can increase the intensity by holding water bottles while you do this fun exercise. Repeat 20 times.

3. Become the Hulk

While you may at times have felt like Hulk and want to grab and smash things like the big green guy, this is actually a little calmer than that and provides a good workout at the office. It also involves marching in place and leaning forward slightly like you see when the Hulk starts running. Bend elbows and fists in front of you and then move your arms back like wings ready to take off. Try and touch your shoulder blades together. Repeat 20 times. This helps alleviate tension that builds up from sitting too long at your desk while also elevating your heart and getting the blood pumping.

4. Do Chair DipsChair-Dips

No, this is not chips and dips. It’s chair dips, which help strengthen and tone your arms. You can also do this behind cubicle walls so you don’t have to worry about looking silly. Just make sure you set your chair against the cubicle wall and lock the wheels or use a chair with no wheels. Otherwise, you might just make some fun for the rest of the office as they watch you or make you the next YouTube sensation.

5. Say Hallelujah

No, you are not trying out for the church choir but you may develop some pretty good moves after doing this fun exercise. All you need to do is sweep your arms above your head and down as you do the side-to-side step. Repeat this 20 times. It’s good for getting the blood moving, stretching, and toning. Of course, you may get so into that you will want to yell “Hallelujah” but your colleagues may not feel as enthusiastic about it as you do.

Remember that these can be done quickly so they are great to break up all those hours at your desk or as part of a break on your own or with your colleagues. Not only will you be physically moving, but you may also feel more energized and creative.

Kate Miller
Kate Miller

Kate Miller, mom of 5, is on a mission to stay fit and healthy. As HealthyWage's Community Manager, she's fortunate to be surrounded by inspiring success stories day after day. In 2012, Kate lost 50 pounds and documented most of her journey right here on the HealthyWage blog. Since then, she's had to learn the subtle intricacies of staying on track by mastering the daily ebb and flow (and parties and holidays and periods of extreme laziness) of life.

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