Regular exercise takes an incredible amount of discipline and dedication. The most common complaint coming from men with busy work and family lives is a perceived lack of time.
If time is the barrier that prevents these men from exercising consistently and achieving the results they desire, then a fresh perspective is badly needed. It starts not by going to the gym to work out, but by bringing exercise to you — whether you're at work, at home or on a business trip.
We're going to introduce you to five office exercises that are effective and fun.
1. Office chair squat
This simple office exercise can be one of the most effective body-strengthening movements. Begin by standing as tall as possible and relaxing your shoulders. Lift your toes up to the top of your shoes. This will center your feet and help ensure that you are performing the squat correctly. While keeping your back perfectly straight, lower your bum to within one inch from the seat of your chair.
Perform a 10-second hold at the bottom of the rep. Remember to keep your knees well behind your toes to keep stress off the knee joint. Your bum should be the first muscles to lift your body back to the standing position.
2. Desk press
This fantastic office exercise will strengthen both your upper body and core. While keeping your body in a straight line using your core muscles, hold a push-up position with your elbows at a 90-degree angle. While holding this position, execute 10 knee-drives, followed by 5 push-ups. Repeat 3 to 4 reps.
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3. Business flight
This office exercise will target the areas that are typically compromised while working at a desk — specifically the hamstrings and the mid-back regions. Begin by standing as tall as possible. Pull your head and your shoulders back and down to create a "perfect posture" position. Using your hips as a hinge, bend over while standing on one leg and extending the other leg so that it and your torso are parallel to the floor.
Hold for 3 seconds, then return to the original starting position. Perform this exercise for 1 minute before switching legs and repeating.
Posture is often compromised while sitting at a desk over the course of a day. Use this office exercise to straighten up and activate both your deep inner core and important postural musculature. Begin by putting yourself into perfect posture while seated: exhale, lengthen your spine and make your body as tall as possible. Hold this tall and perfect posture position and then lean forward, open up your chest and extend your arms as if you were pushing up against a small rooftop over your head.
5. Fitness roi
For the man who is weighed down by family, work and other life commitments, the realization that a gym or a fitness center isn't really necessary for exercise is one of the great starting points to better health. The fact that gravity is a force that is always present in our lives means that there is always an opportunity to move and create exercise anywhere and any time.