Deskercise: Fun and Effective Exercises to Boost Workplace Wellbeing



In the hustle and bustle of the modern workplace, finding time for exercise can sometimes feel like a distant dream. But what if we told you that you can get a workout right at your desk? That’s right, it’s time to embrace “deskercise” – a delightful way to sneak in some activity without even leaving your workspace!

The Seated Leg Lift Tango:

Step 1: Sit up straight with your feet flat on the ground. Step 2: Lift one leg straight out in front of you and hold for a few seconds. Step 3: Lower it back down. Step 4: Repeat with the other leg.

Feel the burn in those quads! Bonus points for adding some dramatic flair – imagine you’re dancing the tango with your legs!

The Invisible Chair Sit:

Step 1: Stand up from your chair and position yourself about a foot away, facing away. Step 2: Slowly lower your body as if you were sitting down in an invisible chair. Step 3: Hold the position for 10-15 seconds, then stand back up.

Congratulations, you just completed a stealthy squat session! Who says you need a gym for a lower body workout?

The Stealthy Shoulder Shrug:

Step 1: Sit comfortably with your arms by your sides. Step 2: Slowly raise your shoulders up towards your ears. Step 3: Hold for a few seconds, then lower them back down.

Imagine you’re expressing utter disbelief in a dramatic soap opera scene. This exercise will help relieve tension in your shoulders and neck.

The Subtle Seated Twist:

Step 1: Sit up straight with your feet flat on the ground. Step 2: Twist your torso to the left and hold onto the back of your chair with your right hand. Step 3: Hold for 15-20 seconds, then repeat on the other side.

You’ll feel this one working wonders on your spine and core. Pretend you’re a contortionist in a slow-motion thriller movie!

The Zen Office Yogi:

Step 1: Take a deep breath in and raise your arms overhead, clasping your hands together. Step 2: Lean to one side, then the other, gently stretching your sides. Step 3: Exhale and lower your arms.

Picture yourself on a serene mountaintop, practicing yoga amidst a sea of clouds. This exercise will bring a sense of calm to your day.

Deskercise! Elevate Your Desk Game- Final Thoughts:

With these fun and effective deskercises, you can transform your workspace into a mini fitness studio. Say goodbye to the monotony of sitting all day and hello to a more active and energised you! Remember, even small bursts of activity can go a long way in boosting your workplace wellbeing.

So, the next time you feel a slump coming on, give one of these deskercises a try. Your body and mind will thank you! Happy deskercising!

Alright, jokes aside

We all know deskercise being a new trend is likely not going to happen, it’s just a way to take your mind off office work for a moment. It can be a good way to do some exercise if you truly have no time for anything outside of work, but realistically if you want to get results you will need to do a bit more than using deskercise.

There are better ways to get into great shape, or to release some built up tension (like we discussed in one of our previous articles on Mixed Martial Arts). The onus of this will largely be on employers and managers to provide opportunities for this in the workplace. From office gyms, discounts or paid-for subscriptions to gyms and other activities, just to name a couple of examples.

Not only would providing such benefits make you stand out as a business, research has shown that organisations which invest into their employees in this way (to increase workplace wellbeing) are much more successful. So as great as deskercise may be, there is more you can do as an employer to help improve the wellbeing of your staff at the same time as the performance of your company.

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