Many of us are deskbound for most of the work day, but that does not mean we have to be inactive.
There are a number of exercises that can be done at your desk to help you keep fi t and stretch your body.
PSM spoke to exercise consultant Valencia Sambo about what these exercises are and how they can benefi t your body.
Seated leg raises “This exercise requires you to sit upright in your office chair,
straighten your leg so that it is parallel to the fl oor and hold it in place for about 10 seconds.
Then you alternate your legs, left and right, repeatedly 16 times,” explained Sambo.
The hovering leg raise “This exercise works more on your core than legs Desk exercises.
You must sit upright in your chair, raise both legs so that they are parallel with the floor,
slowly lower your legs until they are hovering an inch or two above the ground.
Hold that position for as long as you can and release,” she said. Sambo stressed that with this exercise, it is important not to hold the chair too tight.
Chair dips “For this exercise you will need an office chair that won’t roll or you can align it with the wall.
Scoot up to the very front edge of the chair and place your hands on the chair, on each side of your hips. Your fingers must grasp the edge of the chair.
Then use your core and arms to raise your body up off the chair then down, so that your rear goes down towards the fl oor. Push yourself up and repeat 15 times.
Rest between all three cycles,” she said. The swivelling abs “Sit upright in your swivel chair
and lift your feet off the ground, lightly hold on to the desk with your fi ngers.
Use your abs and core to swivel the chair from left to right. You can do 15 repetitions in three cycles.”
Benefi ts of exercise Sambo said doing these exercises can help you feel happier as exercises generally improve mood and decrease feelings of depression, anxiety and stress.
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