Workout at your desk

Too many of us sit at our desks all day without moving. Sitting at a computer all day is not good for your body, but there are some simple stretches and moves you can do to improve your posture and health.

Neck
Move your head forward, then slowly flex it backwards. Repeat 10 times, then do the same left to right. Never roll your head in a circle, as that could cause damage to the joints.

Stomach
Hold your stomach muscles (abdominal and gluteal) for five seconds, then release. Repeat every couple of minutes throughout the day.

Shoulders
Stretch your arms as wide as you can, with your thumbs up and pushed back. You should feel a stretch across your chest. This counteracts the action of being hunched, so this is ideal if you find yourself crowding over your keyboard.

Wrists
To avoid RSI or carpal tunnel syndrome, roll your wrists for 30 seconds.

Hands
Get a stress toy. As well as releasing tension, squeezing one of these whilst reading something on screen can be an excellent forearm workout.

Legs
Sitting up straight, lift your legs up your feet are on their toes. Set them down and repeat until your legs start to feel tired.

Breathing
Take a series of deep breaths every hour to get fresh air into your lungs and decrease any stress you might be feeling.

And finally…
Let’s not forget your bottom here! Bum squeezes are the easiest exercises to do while sitting at your desk. Simply squeeze and release to help tone your rear without even standing up!