5 Desk Exercises for an Office Workout

man exercising at his desk

Sitting at a desk all day can lead to fatigue, aches and pains, and even heart problems and metabolism issues. Using a standing desk or sit-stand desk can mitigate the risk of health issues and improve your energy level and metabolism. You can further improve your health by exercising at your standing desk throughout the workday. Here’s a look at the most effective standing desk exercises for you to try:  

  • Standing Calf Raises

While standing, rise onto your toes, lifting your heels off of the floor. Count to two going up and then coming back down again. Do 15-25 reps, either with both feet together or one foot at a time. 

  • Standing Leg Extensions

Don’t let your back arch while doing this exercise—engage your core to keep your spine in a neutral position. Extend one of your legs straight behind you while pointing or flexing your toe. Do 12-25 reps for each leg. 

  • Standing Hamstring Curl

Bend one of your knees and slowly bring your foot towards your glute, then release your leg back down. Do 12-25 reps for each leg.

  • Standing Chest Stretch

Clasp your hands together behind your back and straighten your arms. Then lift up your arms while letting your shoulder blades fall down. You will feel your chest open up. Hold the pose for 20-30 seconds and then repeat. 

  • Standing Back Stretch

Bend your right knee and lift it up to the height of your hips so you are balancing on your left leg. Place your left hand on your right knee and twist your torso to the right. Try to hold that pose for at least 10 seconds, and then repeat on the other side. 

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