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5 Simple Deskercises to help you beat the computer slouch.

 

40-hour workweeks aren’t going to be any easier if you’re chained to a desk for hours at a time. Between errands, family time, house chores, and actual work, one rarely has time to stretch and work those muscles. That’s why Rexona urges you to squeeze in 20 minutes a day for these simple deskercises that will reduce the harmful effects of computer slouch and minimize strain on your neck, arms, and lower back.

  1. Desk push-ups: Lean against your desk at a 45-degree angle and start your push-ups. This is a great exercise to strengthen your arms and shoulders and ease your way into actual push-ups in the future.

  2. Leg raises: Seated leg raises are a perfect way to work those quadriceps. Whether you’re on your desk working or on a conference call in the meeting room, extending your feet for 15 reps each will strengthen your quads and work out your core. Another variation would be to extend both feet at the same time in a Hovering Leg Raise. Sit upright in your chair. But this time, raise both legs so that they are parallel to the floor Hold for 10 seconds then slowly lower your legs until they are hovering an inch or two above the ground. Hold the position for as long as you can, and then release.

  3. Wrist in peace: Typing and texting could kill the strongest wrist out there. If you’re at risk of conducting Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or suffer frequent wrist injuries, make sure you stretch your wrist flexors. Place your palms on your desk with your fingers facing towards you. Keep your arms straight and start moving your body in circles to add a little tension and stretch to the wrist. Hold for 15 seconds and repeat daily.

  4. Crunch time: This silent exercise can be done anywhere, anytime. All you have to do is take a deep breath and tighten your abdominal muscles, bringing them in towards the spine as you inhale. Stay squeezed for 5-10 seconds and release. Repeat for 12-15 reps. It can also be used as a breathing exercise.

  5. Stretch it out: Moving away from your desk every hour is essential to prevent the risks associated with sitting down for long hours. Get up, walk around for 10 minutes, stretch out your arms, legs, and tilt your neck in 180-degree angles, to wake up your body and give it the stretch it needs.

Sitting is slowly killing us. Today, the average adult spends 50 to 70% of their time sitting. Whether this time is spent sitting at a desk job, driving a car, eating, and watching TV, many of us sit up to 15 hours a day. With our busy work schedules and chaotic lockdown routine, if we don’t make time for our body now, we will be forced to do so later.

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