March 8, 2016

Exercises You Can Do While Working at Your Standing Desk

by TrueNorth Desks

We would love to have enough time in the day to work, sleep, and exercise. But there are just those days where you can’t make it to the gym or outside for a run. But standing desks are the perfect place for an in-office workout. Exercising while at work may seem a little counterintuitive at first, but once you have gotten used to your standing desk, you will be ready to move your body even more. The benefits of a stand up desk are many, so why not add to those benefits by toning your muscles while at your standing workstation?

Obviously we are not suggesting that you get out your jump rope or do plie squats while in the office. Most of us aren’t wearing yoga pants to work and probably do not have enough privacy for a full-on workout. But there are a few moves you can do while working and your coworkers may not even notice. Others are a bit more obvious, but that may lead to an opportunity for some community toning time during your work day. Here are a few of our favorite exercises to do while at your standing desk.

Calf Raises

The great thing about calf raises is that you put forth minimal effort but get great results. Calf raises are a simple way to tone your calves, especially with warmer weather coming our way. Strong calves mean more than just toned legs for summer time, your calves are crucial in maintaining your body’s proper alignment.

  • With your feet facing forward and hip-width apart, lift your heels off the floor and slowly lower them back down. Repeat as many times as you desire. Hold your adjustable height desk for support when needed.

Gluteal Squeeze

Now this exercise could stay your own little secret. It will help tighten and firm your buttox with a very discreet movement.

  • Contract your butt muscles, hold for 3 seconds, and release. Repeat throughout the day for a stronger behind.

Lateral Leg Raises

We are starting to get a little more bold with the exercises now. Your coworkers will know you are exercising at your standing desk, but they may join in when they see the benefits. Lateral leg raises are not only great for your physique, but they help to prevent knee, lower back, and hip problems.

  • Stand with your feet hip width apart and your back straight. Keep your stabilizing leg slightly bend while lifting the other leg to your side as high as you can, probably about 45 degrees. Switch sides after each set.

Toning your Arms

Now that you are feeling confident, bring some light weights to work or just use full water bottles.

  • Basic arm curls and an overhead press will get your arms in shape. These exercises are great to do while reading emails or brainstorming.

Exercising while at your standing office desk really maximizes all the benefits of standing while working. If you are short on time and can’t make it to the gym everyday, you can bring the gym to work. True North Desks has the right standing desk for your office (and exercise) needs. Contact us today to talk about the best standing desk solutions for your office.

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