Is It Possible To Exercise In An Office Chair? Simple Tips For Keeping Fit At Work

We all know that sitting in an office chair all day isn't the healthiest pastime in the world. Still, as we're stuck with it it's a case of making the best of a bad job. Hopefully you have a decent chair and you have taken the time to set it all up correctly to make sure you're working as healthily as possible.

So what else can you do to keep your body fit? How about exercising in your task chair?

Is it possible to exercise in an office chair?
It may seem odd and yet it's really quite simple to exercise in you chair as you go about your daily tasks. Not only that it makes a lot of sense to build in these routines into your working life. It's important to keep your muscles moving when you want to keep them in good shape.

Let's take a look at some ways you can exercise while sitting at you desk.

Exercises to keep your neck and shoulders healthy
For most people it's likely their neck and shoulders take the most strain when sitting all day. This is no surprise because it's just too easy to lock your head frontwards as you work away.

Here are a couple of ideas for exercises you can do in your office chair to help things.

Sit in your chair facing forwards and grip the side of the seat of your chair with your left arm. Next tilt your head down towards your right shoulder and feel the stretch in your muscles on top of your left shoulder. Hold this for about 15 seconds, then relax and repeat.

Follow this by doing the same for your right shoulder using your right arm to grip your chair seat.

Next, sit facing forwards, rest your left arm on top of your left leg with your right arm hanging naturally from your shoulder pointing to the floor. Gently turn your head to the left and look over your shoulder. Keep things relaxed and don't overstretch. Hold this position for about 15 seconds, then return to face forwards and relax for a few moments before repeating the exercise.

Finally do the same for your right hand side by switching the role of your arms.

Next let's move to your legs.

Exercises for keeping your legs toned
Your legs tend to take a lot of hammer when you sit all day, so let's look at how we can rejuvenate them.

Turn your chair to one side so you have space to stretch out your legs with feet on the floor. Lift your right knee upwards and grasp the front of it just under the knee with both hands. Pull the bent leg towards you gently and hold this position for about 20 seconds. This will get a good stretch into your leg muscles. Lower your leg and relax and then do the same for your left leg.

Next, again sitting to one side place your legs out in front of you with feet on the floor. Place your right leg over your left leg so you are sitting cross legged. Take your left hand and grip the outside of your right knee pulling it to the left. At the same time turn your head to look over your right shoulder with your right arm by your side. Hold this position for about 20 seconds and then return to your original position and relax for a few moments.

Repeat the exercise for your other side. This stretches the muscles in your trunk which tend to get very little activity when you are sitting.

What else can you do?

How else can you keep fit in the office?
As well as exercising it's important to get up out of your chair frequently during the day. Keeping things moving is the best way to prevent muscles from tiring and getting overused. When you get the opportunity move out of your chair and walk for a short while. Do some simple stretches too as this all helps get mobility back into your body.

How often should you exercise?
It's a mistake to think that one set of exercises a day is enough. You should aim to do these simple stretches at twice in the morning and again in the afternoon. And it goes without saying if you have any health issues always seek professional advice before trying out new exercises.

So what are you waiting for? Make a start on toning up those tired muscles by exercising in your office chair.

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