It’s a sad truth of modern life that most of us spend way too much time sitting at a desk.

But that doesn’t mean that you can’t be doing double duty and toning your muscles while you type that memo! Here are some easy, strengthening exercises that you can do from the comfort, and privacy, of your desk.

Squeeze… if you please!

Shy? No problem! No one will ever know that you’re doing your butt crunches at your desk…or even during an important meeting! In a comfortable seated position, squeeze your glutes together…hold for 10 seconds and release. Repeat until you have “buns of steel”!

Work that wall

Iyengar yoga focuses on alignment and very precise movements as well as strict, controlled breathing. This type of yoga involves a smaller range of movement than others, but poses are held for longer providing for a very thorough work out! If you suffer from any injuries, Iyengar yoga, with its slower and methodical movements, may be right for you.

Fun with Chairs

This is where yoga really turns up the heat…literally! Bikram yoga takes place in a room set to 105 degrees F and 40% humidity. You will complete two series of 26 basic postures during a typical 90 minute class…and you will sweat!

Doing the Cancan…sort of

Shhhhhhh…if you don’t tell anyone, they’ll never know you’re doing this! Sit with the back of your bent knees resting against the front of your chair. Starting with your left leg, extend it from the knee so that it is perfectly straight and parallel to the ground. Hold for 10 seconds. Bend back to resting position. Repeat five times then switch legs. You can do this all day long!

Use your Water Weights

Fill a reusable water bottle to the very top and close the cap. With one arm extended, and palm up, grip the water bottle tightly and curl your hand towards your shoulder. Repeat 10 times then switch hands.

And, of course….

Please consult your physician or other healthcare professional before attempting these exercises. Do not perform these exercises if your physician or healthcare provider advises against it. If you experience faintness, dizziness, pain or shortness of breath at any time while exercising, you should stop immediately.

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