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April 4, 2013

Spring into Shape Without Leaving Your Cube

As warm weather draws nearer, exercise is a priority for getting into shape for the outdoor season. However, finding ways to fit exercise into your busy schedule can be a challenge. Everyone knows that a walk across the parking lot or taking the stairs instead of the elevator is a great way to burn some extra calories, but what can you do when you are stuck in your cube? Here are several effective exercises that will spring you into shape while leaving you with plenty of time to knock out your daily work.

  • Stealth Squeeze

This isometric exercise works out your gluts while keeping your workout undercover. Sit in your office chair and simply squeeze your buttocks together. Hold for up to ten seconds and then release. The more you do this easy move, the faster you will tone and lift this hard-to-hit area without ever having to leave your chair.

  • Inner Thigh Burner

The inner thighs are another area of your body that requires a targeted workout. Like the stealth squeeze, this move relies on isometrics to trim and tone. To begin, grab a thick and squeezable object from your cubicle, such as a box of tissues or that stuffed animal on your shelf. Then, place it between your knees, squeeze and hold to a count of ten. Repeat for as many sets as you can while shuffling through the day’s emails.

  • Work Those Arms

Bring a set of lighter weight dumb bells into your cube. Every 90 minutes, get up, walk around your cube and do some curls with the weights. You will tone your arm muscles and work off some stress at the same time.

All of these mini-sessions will quickly add up to a fitter and trimmer you without ever having to leave your cube.

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