Workout Wednesday: Deskercise

When you work all day (or go to school) it can be hard to fit in exercise after the work day is done. Going home and sitting on the couch and relaxing sounds way better, right? 

Wrong. Recent research suggests that the recommended 30 minutes of cardio five times per week may not undo the health risks of a sedentary lifestyle.

Even if you're chained to your desk 40 hours per week, there is still a solution for you. Short periods of aerobics, strength training, and stretching can improve fitness levels and heart health. The following deskercise suggestions come from a list of 33 ways to exercise at your desk on Here is just a small sampling: 

1. The Twinkle Toe

Start by speedily tapping your toes on the floor under your desk. You can also graduate to a harder (and less conspicuous) move: stand in front of a small trashcan and lift up those legs to tap the toes on its edge, alternating feet, in soccer-drill fashion.

2. The Stair Master

Don't get stuck in an elevator again. Take the stairs! Accelerate on the straight-aways and take two at a time every other flight for a real leg burn.

3. The Slog, Then Jog

Instead of slogging away for hours nonstop, take a mini break for a stationary jog. Pop up from your chair and jog in place. For more of a challenge, pick up your knees! Continue for one minute, return to spreadsheets, and repeat.

4. The Celebratory Split Squat Jumps

Get up and celebrate that raise or promotion! Or hey, maybe it's just Friday. The split squat jump is a great way to celebrate anything remotely good at work. With feet hip-width apart, step the left leg back two feet and balance on the ball of the foot. Next, lower into a lunge, and then accelerate upwards in an explosion of celebration. While in the air, switch feet so that the left foot is planted firmly in front and the right leg is now behind. Repeat 10-12 times on each side

5. The Cubicle Wanderer

Walking during work is totally underrated. Take a stroll down the hall to catch up with coworkers or welcome a new employee. Or, instead of dialing extensions and sending emails to the manager two doors down, put in some face time. Or even take a break to walk around the building and get some fresh air. 

6. The Mover and Shaker

There’s nothing wrong with a brief spaz sesh. Release stress and spark some energy with a quick bout of seated dancing when no one is looking! 


Have a wonderful Wednesday! 

Lauren R.