You should be outside or at the gym exercising!

Don’t get me wrong, all of us here at Mediplan Diet Services are happy you’ve stopped by our website – and I’m thrilled that you’ve taken a moment to read this blog post, but instead of sitting at your computer reading this, burning a few calories would be a great use of this time.

Unless you’re at your desk at work, reading this between meetings and deadlines.

You know, even if that is the case, you can perform a few “deskercises” to keep your blood pumping, your metabolism working efficiently – and to help make the day go faster. It works, trust me.

I can hear you already, “Deskercises,” you say, eyes rolling. Look, you and I both know you won’t get ripped, drop pounds, or perhaps even break a sweat performing the kinds of exercises listed below, but the benefits of “deskercises” can be real – and noticeable.

Here are our top ten deskercises that can keep your metabolism engine purring and keep your body burning through calories while you put in a 9 to 5

Tricep dips. Put your arms behind your back, resting on your chair and slowly raise and lower your self.

Elevated pushups. Lean on a sturdy piece of furniture and slowly push your body off of it in a sort of standing push up.

Flapping wings. Stretch both of your arms up and back, as far as you can. Bring them forward until they meet and stretch your arms out in front of you. Repeat.

Gluteal Squeeze. Tense up the muscles of your rear end and hold for a count of 10.

Curls. Cross your arms over your chest and sit up straight. Tense your abdominal muscles and curl your shoulders towards your hips. Hold for a few seconds.

Abdominal stretch. Sit on the edge of your chair and stretch your arms out in front of you. While keeping your back straight, contract your abdominal muscles. Relax and repeat.

Neck rotations. Drop your chin and roll your neck. Raise your chin up and bend your neck to each side.

Low-impact jumping jacks. Raise your right arm and tap your left toe to the side at the same time. Keep your right foot on the floor. Alternate sides for a full minute.

Chair dips. Place the palms of your hands on your chair and your feet on the floor. Move your rear end off of the edge of your seat. Bend your elbows and lower your body. Straighten your arms to return to the starting position.

Chair squats. Lift your rear end off of your seat and hold for a few seconds.

Enjoy your deskercises and don’t be ashamed of getting caught when someone peeps into your office. When it happens, challenge them to a few chair dips!

For more exercise ideas at or away from work, call Mediplan Diet Services or click the schedule an appointment button above.