17 Deskercises For 2017
Ok, people. 2017 is going to be epic. You've got your standing desk, so let’s use it. And let’s make it work for us. I’m talking about deskercising. It’s not as cool as Jazzercize but it’s a lot more convenient, plus the Jazzercize moms intimidate me (I just got an invite to a class this weekend, and it said the instructors were sexy – ugh! Not going!) If you have a trashcan, a standing desk and a stapler, we’re ready.
1. Foot Flexerz
Just so easy. Sit up straight with both feet flat on the floor. Leave your heel on the floor and flex your toes up. Alternate feet. Even a tiny movement is a working move. Now switch it up – leave your toes on the floor and raise your heel up. Alternate & repeat. (If this is too hard, try to raise or lower your chair.)
2. Dancer Pantz
While seated, put on your headphones or earbuds. Tune to a radio station you enjoy. Drop your inhibitions and dance. Keep it silent – that way you still look professional at work. (Can you tell which George Michael song I'm singing?)
3. Leg Lifterz
Turn 90 degrees in your chair. Rest one arm on your desk, and hold on to your chair with your other hand. Keep one foot flat on the floor. Raise the other foot off the floor, so your leg is perpendicular to the floor. Alternate sides. Repeat.
4. Ream Squeeze
Grab a ream of paper. Back up from your desk a bit, because otherwise your knees will knock the underside of your desk. Squeeze the ream between your thighs, and hold on to that ream like it’s your paycheck. Now lift your thighs, just 1-3 inches. And lift. And lift. Repeat.
5. Hand Ying-Yang
This is a nice arm stretch. Sit up straight with both feet on the ground. Square your shoulders. Grab one hand in the other, like a handshake. So nice to meet you. Pull. Alternate which hand faces up. Repeat.
6. Chair Twisterz
Sit facing your desk. Back up a bit. Hold on to the front of the desk. Keep your hands on the desk. Twist 90 degrees one way. Then to the other side. Twist. And twist. Repeat.
7. Shruggy Shoulderz
Who ate the last piece of candy? I don’t know. Face the desk. Sit up straight. Shrug your shoulders up to your ears and hold for 3 seconds. Relax. Repeat. Stay out of the candy!
8. Trashcan Stairz
Do this in the morning while your trashcan is empty, so you don't have to smell all that lunch trash. With your desk in a standing position, pull your trashcan out from under your desk, so it’s next to you. Then, lightly place one foot on the edge of the can. And switch to other foot. Switch, switch, switch!
9. Light Joggerz
Face your desk. Jog in place. Take a break to answer that email. Now more jogging!
10. Stapler Arm Curlz
Grab your stapler. Square your shoulders to face your desk, or turn 90 degrees, facing the wall. With the stapler in your hand, curl it up by flexing your arm and straightening. Repeat 10 times on each side.
11. Leg Lungez
Stand facing your desk with hand on hips, or resting on desk. Put one foot back in a lunge. Hold. Alternate sides. Repeat. Feel the stretch! Ahmagawd, nobody is looking at you.
12. Dance Teamz
Just put on some headphones and dance it out! Ellen said so. Don't be afraid to really show your moves!
13. Wall chairz
Find a wall. Stand against it with your back on the wall. Lower yourself until you’re in a seated position. To make it harder, cross one leg onto your knee. I personally can’t do this move, yet.
14. Tippy Toez
Stand facing your desk, with feet hip-width apart. Lightly rest your hands on your desk. Raise up to your tippy toes, hold for a second and lower. Repeat. This will feel familiar to anyone who has taken ballet.
15. Ice Skaterz
Stand facing your desk, and hold on to it lightly. Lift one leg up behind you as far up as you can, then carefully lower. Alternate. There you are, iceskating.
16. Micro Push-upz
Stand away from your desk, far enough so that when you put your elbows on the desk, you’re in a slight angle. Rest your elbows and lower part of arms on desk. Very slowly lower body up and down in modified tiny pushup. Repeat.
17. Fist Pumpz
After 10 revisions, your project was approved. Celebrate with some fist pumps. Woohoo!
Let's do this, 2017!
Standing desk pictured is the FlexPro Precision 35" Sit/Stand Converter. (Hack: for a great standing desk anti-fatigue mat - just use your old yoga mat.)