Cyber Monday is upon us! Scouring the internet for hours buying gifts is great for the people in your life, but terrible for your waist. Do these simple chair-based exercises while waiting for that deal to go live and you will get your holiday shopping and workout done at once – bada-bing!
We’ve even made a little gif just for you (Yes! A gif gift.) Get inspired by these sweet moves and read on for simple instructions to stay fit while shopping!
#1 – Shoulder Rolls:
Sitting up straight with your feet firmly planted on the floor roll your shoulders back. Really articulate the motion of going up and around before starting the next revolution. Do 10.
#2 – Side Stretch:
Raise your arms straight overhead and grab hold of your right wrist with your left hand. Gently pull your right arm up and over toward the left side of the room. Remember to breathe here and count to 30. Switch wrists and repeat on the other side.
#3 – Seated Pigeon:
Sitting up straight, plant your left leg on the floor. Place your right ankle across your thigh so it’s just in front of the knee and your leg is making a 90 degree angle. Learn forward with both hands on the desk and breathe. You should feel this stretch in your hips, hamstrings and lower back. Hold for as long as feels good and then switch to the other side.
#4 – Back Plank Raises:
Place both hands on the edge of the seat and stretch your legs long out in front of you. Your shoulders, elbows and wrists should be in a straight line and your butt should be hovering just in front of the chair. Alternate lifting one leg about 6 inches above the ground until you’ve done 20 on each side.
#5 – Tricep Dips:
Maintaining that same position, bend and straighten the elbows to work the triceps. If that’s too difficult, bend your legs slightly until you build up strength. Do as many as you can without losing proper form.
#6 – Leg lifts on Chair:
Time to work those abs! Place hands on the seat of the chair close to the back. Lift legs so they are inline with the seat and lean back slightly. Bring legs and chest to meet in the middle simultaneously. Then stretch legs and upper body back out. Repeat until it burns.
#7 – Sideways Scissors:
Keep the arms where they are and lift the legs back to seat height. Straighten your back and push your chest up. Move legs in sideways scissor position, alternating which leg goes on top and bottom. You should feel this in your core and inner thighs. If it’s too easy, lift your legs to make more of a V-shape with your body.
#8 – Chair Plank:
Face the chair and place hands near edge the edge. Extend legs straight out behind you while keeping your bum in line with your back. Engage the core and hold for 60 seconds.
Good luck finding something special for everyone on your list and remember to keep moving!
What exercises do you do while sitting at a desk? Share in the comments below!
Make It Happen,
– Team FitStar