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6 Muscle Building Exercises You Can Do While Sitting at Your Desk

One of the concerns of people who have a regular eight hour job is the impossibility of choosing the best time to exercise. Most of the time, an overtime is required for you to finish the job before the set deadline. But you do not have to worry anymore because you can now exercise even while you are sitting in front of your desk. Yes, you read it right. You can stay fit and maintain flexibility without going out of the office.

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Here is a list of the exercises that you can do.

Single-arm lateral raise

For this exercise, you just need to place your chair on the side of your cubicle or the nearest wall to your table. First, sit up straight with your spine in perfect upright position. Now, extend your right arm straight on the side. Maintain a shoulder height in extending. Make sure that your palm is reaching the wall of the cubicle. Now, push your palm against the surface. Push for 10 seconds and do it on the other side. You can do 6 repetitions for every side.

Biceps curl

All you need to do is to position your chair closer to the desk. The perfect position is when you can comfortably push up without feeling like you are not in control of your balance. Now, sit up straight, put both arms on the table. Close your fist and make sure that your elbow is at a 90 degrees angle. And finally, push against your desk. You can adjust the height of your chair to get to the most comfortable position. Ten seconds will be enough for a push. You can repeat this six times.

Triceps pushdown

The steps are almost the same with the biceps curl though the focus is the triceps. Move closer to your desk and adjust the height of your chair in a more comfortable position where you can easily rest your arm as you maintain a 90 degrees angle for your elbow. Put both arms on the table. Clench your fist and turn as if you are turning a hammer. Now, push up and focus on raising your triceps. Do this six times and that would be enough for the day.

Abdominal Crunches

Move your chair and leave enough space for a leg workout. If you can do it even with your desk in front of you, it would be better. But if you think it is easier within an open space, you can move away from the table. Sit properly; you can rest your hands on the sides of the chair where you can get control and support later on. Your focus should be on raising your feet but putting the pressure on your abdomen. You can do 4 sets of sixteen counts for this.

Neck extensors

This can be done even when you are resting your eyes and your mind for a very long period of reading. Just place both of your hands behind your head. Now, retract or try to push your head against your hands. Count for 10 seconds and stop. Rest and do it again. You can repeat this whenever you feel like you are already feeling tired of the position of your neck and your head.

Calf lifts

Lifting your calf is perfect if you have been sitting for few hours and you feel like the muscles in your feet are no longer as flexible as they are. If you are wearing stiff and sturdy shoes, you can loosen it up.  Just stand straight and gently raise your heel. Remember that this should be done gently. You can raise your heel as high as your flexibility can allow. Put it down gently and repeat for 6 times.

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Your flexibility and your body condition changes when you do not pay attention to exercise. Keep in mind that the condition of your body is not only dependent on the food you eat but also on other factors such as your activities. Exercises should be added to every diet plan. This way, you will be able to achieve a holistic change in your body and even your emotional health. Always remember that a healthy body is a start to a healthier overall being of a person. Consider the different tips provided above and you do not have to worry about your health condition as you work full time in front of a lot of documents and your computer.

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