We all know that working at a desk all day isn’t always the best thing for our posture or the easiest way to stay active and exercise. The combination of working hard, short lunch breaks and the tempting call of the office tuck-shop can quite easily extinguish any hope of a fitness plan.
If this is sounding all too familiar then let us present you with a solution – Desk Yoga!
Here are five easy exercises that you can do everyday right from your office chair, they’re great for keeping fit and healthy as well as allowing you a mental break from work every now and again.
1. Scale Pose
Sit at the edge of your chair, press your hands down on either side of your hips and raise your legs and bottom up off the seat. Engage your deep abdominal muscles and keep the tops of your shoulders down; hold for 3 to 5 breaths. Lower and repeat 2 more times.
2. High Altar Pose
Inhale and lift your arms; clasp your hands and invert your palms. Lean to your left. Hold for 5 to 8 breaths and then switch sides.
Turn to your left. Use your left hand on the back of the chair to deepen the twist. Hold for 5 to 8 breaths, then twist to the other side.
4. Cow Face Arms
Bring your left arm behind your back and right arm behind your head. Clasp fingers if you can. Hold for 5 to 8 breaths, switch sides.
5. Ankle to Knee
Place your left foot on your right knee, letting left knee drop open. Keep your back straight; lean forward to stretch deeper. After 5 to 8 breaths, switch sides.
Of course now that you have the exercises, a great set of office furniture to try them out on is a must. At Ultimate we work very closely with designers, architects and end users to create high quality and visually stunning interiors for offices, hotel and leisure, education and healthcare facilities. Our office furniture range includes designs from many of Europe’s top designers. We can also recommend ergonomic office chairs to help ensure you have the best possible posture and comfort while you are working.
Posted March 31, 2015