5 Exercises You Can Do Without Leaving Your Desk

February 23, 2023

Working and you can’t get up? Here are five chair exercises you can do throughout your day to stay limber and loose. —Vita Daily

Chair squats: Stand in front of a chair with your feet hip-width apart and toes pointing forward. Lower yourself down into a squatting position, bending your knees and keeping your weight in your heels. Sit down on the chair and then stand back up. Repeat for several reps.

Chair dips: Sit on the edge of the chair with your hands resting on the seat beside your hips. Walk your feet forward until your hips are off the seat and your knees are bent at a 90-degree angle. Slowly lower your body down toward the floor by bending your elbows, then push back up to the starting position. Repeat for several reps.

Seated leg lifts: Sit on the chair with your back straight and feet flat on the floor. Lift one leg off the floor and straighten it out in front of you. Hold for a few seconds, then lower it back down. Repeat with the other leg, and continue alternating for several reps.

Seated twists: Sit on the chair with your feet flat on the floor and your hands on your hips. Twist your torso to the right, bringing your left elbow towards your right knee. Hold for a few seconds, then return to the starting position and repeat on the other side.

Seated calf raises: Sit on the chair with your feet flat on the floor. Lift your heels off the ground, keeping your toes on the floor, and hold for a few seconds before lowering your heels back down. Repeat for several reps.


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