Simple Exercises You Can Do at Your Standing Work Station [Fitness]

March 12, 2010 at 8:16 pm (Uncategorized)

Simple Exercises You Can Do at Your Standing Work Station

Our post highlighting the dangers of sitting at a desk all day prompted me to get off my duff and stand while working. That got boring after a day, so I went in search of exercises I could do standing in place.

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At the end of the first day of standing in the same place for hours while working, my knees and lower back screamed in protest. I went looking for ways to keep moving while staying within arm’s reach of my computer and discovered a great post over at fitness blog FitSugar that’s got a bunch of great ideas.

I’d already been doing some simple side leg raises and squats to keep the blood flowing, but they also suggested a few other ideas I hadn’t tried.

  • Stand tall and alternate bending one knee up to your chest and then the other. Do slow, controlled movements to work your abs, or make the moves quicker to get your heart rate up.
  • To warm up your hips and tone your abs, stand with your feet slightly wider than hip-width distance apart, and do figure eights with your hips (it’s a belly dancing move).

Tap the post for more ways to keep the blood flowing while you’re standing. Admittedly, I’d feel a little foolish trying some of the moves in full view of co-workers in an office, but if you work alone, you’re golden.

To get even more mileage out of a standing workstation, rig one of these setups to your treadmill to burn mad calories while fulfilling your corporate responsibilities.

Send an email to Lisa Hoover, the author of this post, at lisa@lifehacker.com.

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