Q. I am quite a lazy person when it comes to exercising but I’m trying to exercise more often and eat more healthily as my partner and I are trying for a baby. I am starting out with three 20 minute walks a week but I have heard about exercises that you can do at your desk at work. What are these exercises and will it be obvious to my colleagues that I am working out at my desk?
That’s great to hear that’ve you started on an exercise regime. Yes, there’s lots of exercise you can do at your desk to help keep you active throughout the day. People who rarely disengage from the keyboard often develop carpal tunnel syndrome. But this affliction shouldn’t catch up to you if you repeat this simple move every day. Stand at your desk, and, arms straight, place your palms on the desk with your fingers pointed toward you. Lower your body slowly until you feel the stretch (you won’t have to go far). Hold for 15 seconds. Repeat as needed through the day. The “Magic Carpet Ride” works your core and arms. Sit in your chair with your legs crossed and your feet on the seat. Then place your hands on the armrests, suck in your gut and raise yourself a few inches above the seat, using your belly, muscles and hands. Hold for 10 to 20 seconds. Rest for 30 seconds. Repeat five times. For lower-body strength, try the “Wooden Leg.” Sit in your chair. Extend one leg out straight in front of you. Hold for two seconds. Then raise it up as high as you can, and hold it again for two seconds. Repeat with each leg 15 times. These exercises should not be obvious to your colleagues. Good luck!