Simple Exercises You Can Do at Your Desk
by Darlene Franklin
Just about everyone can do simple motions to maintain or build strength and endurance. The below exercises are good not only at work but for energy boosters wherever you are.
Repeat each exercise 25 times. You can complete three to four exercises in five minutes, so break them up throughout the day.
- Lay your head on your left shoulder. Repeat on the opposite side.
- Roll your head in circle.
- Dip your chin to your chest, then bend your head backward.
- Lift your right shoulder. Repeat with the left side.
ARMS AND HANDS
- Tighten your hands into a fist. Release.
- Place a sheet of 8½ x 11 paper under your right hand. Crunch into a ball without lifting your hand from the surface. Repeat with left hand.
- Spread the fingers of one hand. Run the four fingers of your opposite hand between each finger.
- Place your hands on the table. Lift one finger off the table without moving the others.
- Do arm curls to your shoulder.
- Lift your hands over your head.
- Point your arms straight to the left, then to the right.
- Touch your left elbow with your right hand. Repeat with opposite arms.
- Cross your arms across your chest. Open them wide. Bring them back across your chest.
- Push your arms forward to their fullest extent.
- Shake your wrists.
- Pretend you’re rowing a boat.
LEGS AND FEET
- Sing along as you touch head and shoulders, knees and toes.
- Lift your toes, let them down. Lift your heels, let them down.
- Lift one knee, then the other.
- Kick out one leg, then the other.
- Bring your toes together, then to the side.
- Move your left leg to the side. Repeat with the right side.
- Raise both feet from the floor and hold in place for five seconds. Release.
Bestselling hybrid author Darlene Franklin has published more than 50 unique fiction titles and nonfiction titles. Her monthly column appears in five monthly venues (including Oklahoma Senior News and Living.) You can find her online at: Website and blog and Facebook.