Three Desk Exercises to Increase Energy

Stand up and stretch periodically

Taking Breaks to Stretch Can Increase Energy

Are you getting notices from your Fitbit, smart phone or watch telling you it’s time to stand up and stretch? It can be so easy to ignore those warnings and keep working away. But if you’re struggling to get through the afternoon because you have no energy, you should listen to your device and try these moves.

  1. Seated Twist – Sitting in your chair, place your right hand on the outside of your left knee. Use that hand as leverage to twist to your left, and place your left hand as far to the right as possible to have something to hang onto while you twist. Repeat on each side 2-3 times.
  2. Forward Bend – Stand several feet behind your chair. Raise both arms overheard and ‘hinge’ forward from your hips, keeping your back straight. Hold on to the back of the chair to keep steady for a few seconds, and then rise back up to a standing position.
  3. Shoulder Rolls – Sitting straight in your chair, clasp your hands together in front of you and make a forward circle with your right shoulder and then your left, creating a rhythmic motion. Repeat six times. Switch to backward circles.