You’ve heard it before: Sitting all day is bad for your health. But despite all the research that suggests you buy a standing desk or get moving every hour, the reality is that these kinds of recommendations aren’t terribly realistic for most of us. Luckily, even if you’re stuck in your seat for extended periods, you can still do exercises to stretch and move your body.
We asked fitness trainers Jimmy Minardi, the founder of Minardi Training, and Jessica Bellofatto, founder of KamaDeva Yoga, for stretching and strength-training moves you can do from your seat. While they may not produce the same results as hitting the gym or going for a run, remember that when it comes to exercise, every little bit helps. (Too busy to work out? Then you need these super-effective 10-minute workouts. Check out Prevention’s new Fit in 10 DVD now!)
Benefits: Works shoulders and triceps
How to do it: Sit on the edge of your chair with your arms by your sides, palms on the edge of the seat, fingers over the edge. Shift your body weight forward and lower down off the chair. Hold your body suspended for 5 counts and then push up back onto the seat. Work up to 3 sets of 10 reps.
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