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The Latest Craze In Your Office Should Be … Deskercise!


(sung to the tune of LMFAO’s “Sexy And I Know It”)
When I walk in the office (yeah), this is what I see

Everybody stops and they staring at me
I got toned arms and legs and abs and I ain’t afraid to show it, show it, show it
I’m Deskercise-ing and I know it

Are you ready for the latest reincarnation of Jazzercise? We’ve got the scoop on the latest, hippest way to work out … Deskercise!

OK, so before you go running to your Fitness-On-Demand, let me clarify one thing first – Deskercise is not yet a term that is sweeping the nation. However, for all you hard-at-work business owners and employees, one session of Deskercise can lower  your stress levels.

With the help of Forbes.com, check out this list of the best exercises to do at your desk:

The Wooden Leg

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The Wooden LegWhile sitting in your chair, extend a leg straight out in front of you and hold it there for two seconds. Then, raise it up as high as you can and hold for another two seconds. Repeat on both legs 15 times.

Sitting Spinal Stretch: While sitting tall in your chair, extend your arms toward the ceiling. Place one hand on your desk, and with the other hand grab the back of your chair and twist. Hold for 10 seconds, then release and extend both arms toward the ceiling again. Repeat the twist going the other way and hold for another 10 seconds.

Shoulder Spin: While sitting tall in your chair, move one hand behind your back, between your shoulder blades, palm out. Reach your other hand up toward the ceiling, then bend it down behind your back and try to touch your lower hand. Hold for 10 seconds, then switch arms and repeat.

Feet-Up Hamstring Stretch

[credit: Forbes.com]

Feet-Up Hamstring StretchPush your chair away from your desk and place one leg up onto the desk. (Caution: ladies, make sure you aren’t wearing a skirt!) Flex your foot back and lean forward while keeping your back straight. Hold for 10 seconds, then point your foot forward and hold for five seconds. Repeat on both legs.

Invisible Chair Sit: Lower your desk chair as far as it will go, then stand in front of it with your fit a hip’s width apart. Put your hands on your hips and lower yourself until you’re hovering just over your chair. Then, sit down as slowly as possible. Repeat 20 times.

The Little Mermaid at Work: Sit upright in your chair and hold one of your wrists over your head and pull it with your other hand, stretching out your side. Make sure to keep your shoulders down. Repeat on each side 5 times.

Desk Push Ups: Stand a few feet away from your desk with your feet together and put your palms on the desk’s edge a shoulder width’s apart. Lower your chest to the edge of your desk and push back up while exhaling. Repeat 20 times.

Make sure to keep a memo pad at your desk to keep track of your progress! Sooner than you know it, you’ll get everyone in the office to jump on the Deskercise bandwagon!

Did you try any of these Deskercise moves? Which one was your favorite? Let us know by leaving a comment below.


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  • Reply
    December 25, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    I’ve been using my kneeling chair for about 4 years. I sit @ the copmetur at least 12 hours a day, and love the kneeling chair. I have not had to switch back to a regular chair in all that time, after the first week or so of adjustment time. When you first start using these chairs, your back and core muscles may not be used to supporting your body for long periods of time, and that’s why it may feel uncomfortable for a few days. I just stuck with it for a week, and now it’s a lot more comfortable for me than a regular chair, and I haven’t had any lower back pain since. Just make sure you adjust the height correctly and adjust the height of your mouse & keyboard to match.

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      Rhonda W.
      December 26, 2012 at 9:43 am

      Silvio — I love the idea of a kneeling chair! I myself have been debating between a kneeling chair and an exercise ball. Having your back supported at work is so important and is often neglected!

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    Breana Corbo
    May 1, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Anyone who spends quite a few hours glued to chair would know how restless one gets due to backaches and fatigue. If you are some who spends most of waking hours at the desk you must agree to buy a desk chair that cares for your physical health so that you work in peace. It is actually very detrimental for work productivity if one is constantly haunted by pains in various regions of body. Since, a chair is a serves as home for all the people at work, one must try quite a few chairs before making a purchase. A chair does much more than providing a place to sit. Ideally, a chair must take care of the health of the person who sits over it for more than usual hours. Human body is curvilinear so how can a stiff straight chair adjust to its demands at first place? A chair that does not care for the contours of human body is definitely not an appropriate one.”*

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