Tied to your desk? No time for core exercises? Lucky for you, we have simple habits that you can build into your day-to-day routine! Whether you’re glued to your desk at home or in the office, you can maximise your time and strengthen your core while working. Here are 4 ways you can achieve a stronger, more toned core without leaving your desk.
- Sit on a Stability Ball
Trading your office chair for a stability ball for at least an hour a day is one fun and effective way to work out your core. Balancing on a stability ball is the perfect passive exercise that forces your core to do the work while at your desk. Research has shown that back health is closely connected to core muscle strength, and by replacing your office chair with a stability ball and stretching while working, you improve your posture which may alleviate back pain.
- March in Place at Your Standing Desk
A much loved but often underrated activity is walking! It’s a great form of exercise for training your core and getting rid of belly fat. However, not all of us have the time to go for walks during the day, and it can be hard to motivate yourself when it’s so chilly outside, so marching at your desk is the next best thing. Marching can develop balance while also increasing core stability. Have a sit-stand desk? Even better! The benefit of having a sit-stand desk is that you can fit in your steps while working at your desk. This improves posture, relieves back and neck pain, increases productivity and means you can engage your core and keep your body more active during the day.
- Ab exercises at your desk
While this might sound time-consuming, doing ab exercises at the desk is a time-effective and fun way to strengthen your core even more without needing extra time!
Set aside 10 minutes of your day to complete 10x Reps of the below exercises to re-energise yourself throughout the day. Here are some exercises we love to do to strengthen our core while sitting at the desk.
- Seated Toe-Taps
Sit up straight in your chair, lift one foot off the floor and hold for 10 seconds and then swap. Make sure to draw in through your lower abdominal muscles and continue to breath.
- Seated Reverse Jack Knives
Sit on the edge of your chair, lean your torso back and extend your legs out in front of you. Then, tuck into a crunch, extend back out and repeat. If needed, place your hands on the desk for added stability.
- Seated Crunch
Sit on the edge of your chair, place your hands behind your head and balance your toes on the ground. Then, lean your torso back towards the chair and then crunch back up.
- Incorporate Your Slendertone
Last but certainly not least, if you don’t get the chance to do exercises at your desk you can always rely on your Slendertone to firm and tone your core. Slendertone replicates muscles contractions, using Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) technology. What’s not to love about a 30 minutes a day ab workout? Used consistently, Slendertone helps you achieve your toning goals by increasing your abdominal strength, endurance and firmness. We love to see it!
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