5 Best Exercises To Do At Your Desk

You want to get in amazing shape, but you don’t have any time.

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And then, when you do have time, you’re too wiped out to workout.

Then you find time on the weekend when you’re nice and rested, have a great workout, but then sabotage yourself that night by going out and binge drinking/eating.

“I’m not busy.”

“I have all the time in the world.”

I don’t think I’ve heard anyone say these in a non-sarcastic way.

TIME is something we have only a finite amount of.

This past month, with the tragedy in Vegas, I’ve realized how important our time on earth here is.

Time to spend more time with family, with friends, do more of what we love and less of what we don’t, and time creating a legacy.

We all want to live a long and meaningful life.

How are we supposed live meaningful lives when 5-10 hours a week of it are spent exercising!? Living your life inside of a gym is no way to live.

Double edged sword.

We’re in society that loves to compartmentalize things.

Exercise is spent structured in a gym or scheduled at a specific time doing a specific workout. For most, being very active is typically not part of our lifestyle.

Why not try to be more active doing something that is supposed to be traditionally inactive?

A great productivity hack is breaking up your work with something un-work related.

I spoke last week about breaking up your work cycle with “Pomodoro walking” in THIS blog post.

Let’s start thinking of physical activity as not separate from our work lives.

Here are 5 of the best exercises you can do to stay more active at work:

1. Hip CARs over chair

This exercise will not only help your hip mobility, but will get your heart rate up. Go as slow as possible (SAS = Slow As Stuff…) and make sure there is ZERO movement at your core.

2. Bulgarian Split Squat to Forward Lunge

Make sure your chair is completely still for this one. Most of us compensate on one leg more than the other, and this single leg drill is great for creating more hip symmetry. This is an advanced move, so you’ll have to master the split squat and Bulgarian split squat first.

3. Incline Push Ups

Incline push-ups aren’t just for those of us not fortunate enough to do push-ups on the ground. They are also great for developing decline press strength, and if you’re focusing on body building, building up the lower portion of the chest. Watch the video for variations if this move is too easy for you.

4. Feet Elevated Pikes

Very advanced core movement. Great for challenging the low back and core to stay flat or “neutral,” as well as for hamstring flexibility.

5. Bruggers

Still one of my all-time favorites. Our shoulders are slouched over the whole day. Getting your inactive rotator cuff fired up will not only decrease your chances of shoulder injury but it will also get your heart rate up since the rotator cuff typically functions VERY inefficiently in 90% of people.

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