6 Desk Yoga Techniques to Feel Better and Live Longer

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Office work isn’t just monotonous – it’s outright deadly if you don’t take steps to combat the fatigue that sitting brings. When sitting for half the day approximately doubles the risk of diabetes and heart problems, you need to do something about the time you spend working.

That’s where desk yoga comes in.

Approximately 3.2 million deaths each year are attributable to insufficient physical activity” – World Health Organization, Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health

The dangers of sitting are all too obvious, with studies showing links to everything from an 11% rise in the chance of dying per extra seated hour to increased risk of various types of cancer. To combat this, you need to be regularly stretching and moving in ways that most don’t bother with.

So, after years of personal experience with yoga classes, books, self-practice, and scouring the contents of some of the most popular free yoga resources on the internet, I’ve compiled a list of desk yoga exercises to help you stay alive and stretchy at your desk.

  • Seated crescent moon
  • Hand exercises
  • Neck rolls
  • Shoulder circles
  • Forward fold
  • Sun salutation (the full body workout)

Enough chat – let’s get started!

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16 Office Exercises: How to Stay Healthy Without Looking the Fool

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“I don’t have time to exercise. I can’t do it at the office, and I’ll look like an idiot if I do.”

I was wrong.

Office exercises don’t have to be complicated, long, or hard to do. You don’t even need any special equipment, and most can even be performed sitting down.

That’s something I wish I’d known before working my hands until they nearly broke.

Approximately 3.2 million deaths each year are attributable to insufficient physical activity” – World Health Organization, Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health

This isn’t a post about getting buff while at your office. It’s a guide from personal experience on how to limit the damage that office work does to your body in the easiest and most convenient way possible.

To that end, you’ll learn:

  • How to exercise without hurting yourself
  • Office exercises for finger, hand, and arm injuries
  • Exercises you can do while sitting
  • Other for standing or when in your office
  • A full workout to stay healthy (without leaving your office)

There’s no “hop on one leg” or “run until your face is purple” here. Instead, you’ll see how to release the strain from day-to-day office work without embarrassing yourself while doing so.

Let’s get stuck in.

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