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Reader Question of the Week - Staying Active at Work

By January 16, 2013

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In response to my question: "What do you want to know about exercise?" one reader wanted to know how to exercise when one sits at one's desk all day long.

That's a great question and one many of us wrestle with every day...if only that kind of wrestling actually burned calories Thankfully, I've answered this question with a variety of articles, workouts and more:

So, there you have a variety of resources to choose from and you can go through each one and pick and choose the ideas that will work for your particular situation.

And, now it's your turn. How do you stay fit when doing a sedentary job? Leave a comment or share your ideas here.

January 13, 2011 at 12:50 pm
(1) Jeff says:

My job is very sedentary at times. Luckily my chair has good arm rests. Several times per day I place my hands on the arm rests and push down to raise my butt off the chair and lock out my elbows. Simultaneously I raise my feet off the floor and put my heels together. Staying in that position, I do a quick series of 10 – 12 knee pull-ins. Others do notice but I don’t care…it’s my health not theirs. I have seen others in my area doing the same thing…or similar exercises. Chair dips, seated Russian twists, etc. I work in a 12 story building. On a bathroom break, I will often use the restrooms on floors above or below me and take the stairs to get there and back. Just a couple of ways I maintin my sanity and avoid chair-butt.

January 18, 2011 at 1:36 am
(2) Margie says:

I keep a stretchy band in my desk and do some shoulder and tricep exercises. I also try and stand up and walk around once an hour and do back stretches against the wall. Sometimes I’ll go into an empty boardroom and do some light pilates or lunges. I always walk at lunch time. I also keep a bouncy ball in my desk and if the office is quiet I’ll find a wall to bounce against and clear my head. Its hard sometimes when I’m busy or in meetings all day but I think the body was designed to move not park.

January 18, 2011 at 5:04 pm
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January 16, 2013 at 3:33 pm
(4) Irwin says:

Light lunch, take as long a walk as time allows.

January 22, 2013 at 8:09 am
(5) Shemp9971 says:

I work in a supermarket in the suburbs of Saint Paul, Minnesota, so I have to stay in shape. I’m the only full timer in my position.

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