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Me, today. 6.27.12.Day 3 of the Anywhere Workout Challenge: Deskercise!

Man, after just 2 days of back to back meetings, driving around, and the glow of my laptop during late night catch up email sessions, I’m exhausted. Taking my 3rd flight in almost as many days, all I want to do is stay in one place and sleep. After about 30 minutes of failed napping attempts on the plane, I regrettably opened my laptop to start working, hoping that I could rest later. As my stomach complained of its emptiness, I flexed my abs to keep her quiet, drawing them in towards my spine and sitting up straight. Ok, maybe I’ll start my workout now too… fair warning, this will not be the type of workout where you’re going to get sore or even should be breakin a sweat BUT that being said it is very effective merely for the fact that it is a change from your body’s normal lift weight and cardio dynamic movements. These more static holds can be a great way to keep your body guessing and your workouts effective, not to mention they’re easily done anywhere you’re sitting. Hm, I shall call it Deskercise! Ohhh gives me a great idea for a new series of workouts…. here’s a few I came up with.

–       Static ab hold: In a seated position, flex your stomach muscles, drawing both the upper abs in towards the spine and using your lower abs to tilt and hold your pelvis up towards your chin. 6 holds of 30 seconds each, crunching in as hard as you can and not holding your breadth.

–       Lower ab chair lift: in a chair scoot forward so your back does not touch the back of the chair. With both elbows on the arm rests, hands grabbing the ends try to press down with your lats and lift your butt off the chair as much as possible. Keeping your legs bent, try to lift your butt off the chair by drawing up your lower abs and try to push your chest and hips forward so that your back does not touch the chair. Hold 6 times for 30 seconds each, feel that burn! Don’t forget to breathe. It helps me to focus by counting, 3 counts breathing in, 3 counts out. And after 10 of those that set is done.Seat belt on an airplane, buckled-up

–       Lower back press: Sitting in a chair – works great in an airplane – try to picture that you’re currently an “L” shape, with your entire back tensed. Push against the back, attempting to straighten out the bend at your hips. You should feel the hold in your lower back, not your butt and things. If you feel tensing below your hips, you’re using your thighs and pushing down instead of back. Stop, relax that those muscles and try to push just from your hips up. Hold and do 5 sets of 1 minute each. Careful not to press against your head, you don’t want to hurt your neck. Your upper back should be pressing into the chair and your abs should be tight.

–       All behind burn: In a seated position against the wall raise up off your heels and push your hips up so that you make a straight line from knees to shoulders (move your feet further from the wall if you have to). Leave only your upper back touching the wall. Flex your abs, drawing them in towards your spine. Hold for 15 seconds and then alternate legs doing calf raises for 15 seconds. Hold for 15 seconds then alternate leg the calf raises. This completes one set. Do 6 sets and you’ll feel your lower back, butt, ham strings, quads, abs and calves burn oh so good! (This is more for waiting at the gate to board exercise)English: Barbara sitting in chair 2

– Chest press: place your palms together like in a praying motion. Pressing your shoulders and lats down, push your hands against each other as hard as you can. Make sure your wrists are at 90 degrees or you’ll hurt them, don’t let your hands flex more than 90 degrees.

– Quad Push: If in an airplane seat, extend your leg straight pushing the top of your leg under the seat in front of you, and raising yourself off the seat slightly. Do 5 reps on each leg (or both at the same time) for 30 – 60 seconds each.

– Lat and tricep push: sitting in your chair, straighten your arms and place one on each end of the arm rest – you might have to battle the person next to you for it, so sit in the aisle or get ready for the arm rest war of a lifetime! with arms straight and shoulders pressed down, push down on the arm rests as if trying to pull yourself forward out of the chair. Keep your back straight and abs tight, pressing down and back as hard as you can, holding for 30 seconds and 5 times.

– Seated side crunch: seated in a chair with feet next to each other and lifted off the floor, hold our abs in, lean to one butt cheek and raise the free hip up as much as possible while pulling the bottom of your rib cage to it. Make sure to keep your back straight (don’t hunch over) and you should feel it right in your love handles, a little in your thighs for holding your legs up.

The great thing about these exercises is that they can be done anywhere and any time your seated. These days we sit a lot so great, more chances to get fit! Happy body everyone!


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