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7 Easy Standing Desk Exercises for a More Active Workday

7 Easy Standing Desk Exercises for a More Active Workday

The Importance of Movement and Desk Exercises

Sitting at a desk for hours on end can be detrimental to our health. In fact, research has shown that prolonged sitting increases the risk of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. However, finding time to exercise during a busy workday can be challenging. Fortunately, standing desk exercises are a convenient and effective way to stay active at work.


1 - Desk squats at your standing desk

Place your feet shoulder-width apart and lower your body into a squatting position as if you are sitting in a chair. Hold the position for a few seconds and stand back up. Repeat for 10-15 reps.


2 - Calf raises at your standing desk

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and raise your heels off the ground. Hold the position for a few seconds and lower your heels back down. Repeat for 10-15 reps.


3 - Front Leg raises at your standing desk

While standing, lift one leg off the ground and extend it in front of you. Hold for a few seconds and lower your leg back down. Repeat with the other leg for 10-15 reps.


4 - Side leg raise at your standing desk

Stand with your feet hip-width apart and lift one leg out to the side. Hold for a few seconds and lower your leg back down. Repeat with the other leg for 10-15 reps.


5 - Arm circles at your standing desk

Stand with your arms extended out to the sides and make small circles with your arms. Gradually increase the size of the circles. Repeat for 10-15 reps.


6 - Shoulder shrugs at your standing desk

Stand with your arms at your sides and lift your shoulders up towards your ears. Hold for a few seconds and release. Repeat for 10-15 reps.

7 - Desk push-ups at your standing desk

Place your hands on the edge of your desk, shoulder-width apart. Lower your chest towards the desk and push back up. Repeat for 10-15 reps.

Incorporating these standing desk exercises into your workday can help combat the negative effects of prolonged sitting and increase your overall physical activity. By taking a few minutes to move your body throughout the day, you can improve your health and productivity.

Incorporating these standing desk exercises into your workday can help combat the negative effects of prolonged sitting and increase your overall physical activity. By taking a few minutes to move your body throughout the day, you can improve your health and productivity.

Eve Guilbert began her exploration of the mind-body connection with classical ballet, which she practiced throughout her childhood. Being curious to learn more about the field of well-being and wanting to share her passion for movement, in 2006 she started teaching various disciplines of physical conditioning.

Learn more about Eve via her website

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