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8 Great Moves to Stay Active at Work

Would you love to lose some weight?

Can't find the time?

We all know how a full day at work can leave us feeling tired. Even sitting at a desk can be an exhausting task, despite not doing any physical activities during our day.

"How" I can hear you ask, "can I do any exercise when I am already tired from work? I just want to relax!" Well I hear you. As an ex retailer followed by ex office worker (I was never meant to work for someone else), I was physically and emotionally drained by the end of the day.

I knew that I needed to do something to keep fit, so I picked up a few exercises that I would sneak in to my day here and there.

office worker at desk

1. Calf Raises

Waiting for the photocopier? Kettle? Toaster? Why not work those calves at the same time!

  • Rise up onto the balls of your feet, squeezing the calves.

  • Hold for a couple of seconds and slowly lower back to the floor.

  • Aim for at least 10 repetitions.

2. Squats

Need to unpack a box of stock? Remember the phrase "lift with your knees"? Well that is essentially a squat (or a dead lift but we'll focus on squats today). If you really want to, keep the box on the floor and squat down every time you want to pick something up.

Again if you're waiting for something, photocopier, kettle, toaster; knock out some squats while you wait. Focus on form and aim for 10 reps.

How To Squat:

  • Imagine that you have a chair behind you.

  • Place your feet, shoulder width apart, toes pointing slightly out and knees following suit.

  • Keep the chest up and look forward.

  • Tilt the hips backwards and "sit" on the imaginary chair.