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Six Great Ways To Stay Active At Your Desk

We all have such busy lives, so finding time to exercise can be difficult!  After coming home from a long day in work, you might have other things occupying your tired mind. If you don’t have to get the dinner on, it’s time to get the kids to bed or put a wash on! So…

We all have such busy lives, so finding time to exercise can be difficult! 

After coming home from a long day in work, you might have other things occupying your tired mind. If you don’t have to get the dinner on, it’s time to get the kids to bed or put a wash on!

So why not use the time you spend sitting at your desk during the day as your exercise time?

Exercise improves your health, increases your focus and boosts your mood; which is what we are always in need of!

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Leg Straightener

Use this exercise to strengthen your leg muscles, and increase your circulation.

HOW: Sit slightly forward away from the backrest of your chair, lift one leg at a time about three inches off the ground. Tighten your leg muscles and hold for ten seconds. Repeat on the other leg. Repeat throughout the day.

Foot Alphabet

This exercise can help strengthen ankle muscles, and increases flexibility. This is good for you if you find your feet squeezed into uncomfortable work shoes.

HOW: This one is simple! Raise your leg, point your toes and write the alphabet in the air. Repeat with the other foot.

Cheek Crunches

This is a great exercise to strengthen your bum muscles.

HOW: Sit up straight, with your feet flat on the ground. Tighten your bum muscles for ten seconds. Relax and repeat throughout the day.

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Sit On An Exercise Ball 

This is an exercise that you could do all day, if you swap out your desk chair for an exercise ball! You need to constantly engage your core when sitting on an exercise ball, and it improves your posture, because you will be less likely to slouch back. This could even help you to avoid a sore back and neck after a long day in the office.

Take The Stairs

This small addition to your daily routine could actually make a huge difference as every step adds up. Instead of taking the lift to your office, walk up the stairs. Take it at as quick of a pace as you are comfortable with, but try and set yourself a challenge to increase your speed as you get fitter.

Arm Circles

This exercise strengthens your neck, upper back and arm muscles. It helps if you find yourself with a stiff neck in work.

HOW: Sit straight up, feet flat on the floor. Lift your arms out, parallel to the floor. Point your fingers and make 20 small circles in each direction.

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