Our last lunch room discussion revolved around our sedentary life styles that are not helped in any way by our desk jobs. It is no wonder we are so unfit! So this got us wondering if there was anything we could do to improve the situation. Turns out that you can actually burn some calories even while you’re at work. Better yet, you can even do this by just sitting at your desk.
Tap those feet
Tap your toes 25 times as you keep your heel on the floor. Then, tap your foot side to side 25 times using your heel as a pivot point. You can do one foot at a time or alternate feet. This short exercise doesn’t burn a huge number of calories, but if you do it several times a day, the calorie burn will rack up. In addition to shedding a few calories, tapping your toes helps strengthen the muscles at the front of your shins.
Raise those calves
Sit up straight with your feet flat on the floor. Then, raise your heels off the floor as far as possible. Lower your heels and repeat 10 to 15 times. To make this more challenging and burn a few more calories, press your hands against your knees to create resistance as you lift your heels. Take off high heels before doing this exercise.
Maintain your posture
Sit up straight with your shoulders back and your abs tight. This works several muscles in your torso, back and shoulders. The extra effort will burn a few more calories and also keep your back healthy. As often as possible, suck in your abs and keep them tight for 60 seconds or more to tone your midsection.
Pretend to walk
If you truly are tied to your desk, you can pretend to walk to burn a few calories. Sit up straight. While keeping your knees bent, lift your right leg up, lower it, lift your left leg up, lower it and then repeat as many times as you like. Might leave you feeling a little silly, but just think of the calories you could be losing!
Stretch your body
Stretching is a great way to relieve the tension and stress of work. It also burns a small number of calories.
Information sourced from: Livestrong.com