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.
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.)
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?)
This one is great for anyone experiencing leg tension while standing. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Face your desk. Jog in place. Take a break to answer that email. Now more jogging!
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.
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.
Just put on some headphones and dance it out! Ellen said so. Don't be afraid to really show your moves!
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.
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.
Another great one for leg tension! 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.
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.
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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.)
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Back pain is very common and can be aggravated by actions at the office. Prevent back pain and find good posture with these simple steps.
STANDING POSTURE. If you work at a standing desk, stand with feet hip width apart and tuck your pelvis slightly. Relax your shoulders, and keep your elbows at a 90-degree angle. Pro-Tip: It’s so important to stand on an anti-fatigue mat.
Here’s the thing – I’ve been out of college and sitting in my office cubicle for 2 years and then I took the leap of faith to transition to a sit/stand desk. I read somewhere on some blog on some fitness site that even if I work out – it still would not take away the harmful effects of sitting on my behind all day