Did you have a New Year’s resolution to get healthy this year? I did. But I have not made as much progress as I’d hoped. I aimed too high. Therefore, I’m taking a step back and setting a goal that is more obtainable. Since I spend the greatest portion of my day at my desk, I’m going to start with exercises that can be done at my desk.

Knowing how challenging the job search process is and how much time can be spent sitting at a desk I thought I’d share some exercises with you as well.

  1. Leg raises. Sit up straight in your chair, feet on the floor. Raise one leg so it is parallel to the floor and level with your hip. Hold for the count of 10. Alternate your legs, repeating for 10 times.
  2. Calf raises. Stand in front of your desk to hold on to for balance. Slowly raise your heels off of the floor and then slowly lower them.
  3. Shoulder raises. Raise your shoulder to your ear, hold for the count of 10. Repeat 5 times, alternating shoulders.
  4. Tricep dips. Put your arms behind your back, resting on your chair or desk and slowly raise and lower yourself 10 times.
  5. Arm curls. Use a water bottle or large binder of paper and do 10 – 12 arm curls. Repeat two times, alternating arms.
  6. Back twist. Sit up straight in your chair and place your arm behind your hip. Twist and then hold to the count of 10. Alternate to the other side.
  7. Neck rolls. Drop your chin and roll your neck to the left and then to the right. Raise your chin up and bend your neck to each side.
  8. Toe raises. While sitting in our chair, raise your toes while keeping your heels on the ground. Hold for the count of ten.
  9. Shoulder stretch. Clasp your hands together behind your back and raise your arms as far as you can.
  10. Touch your toes. Stand up and touch your toes. Then raise your arms and stretch upward. Try to stand on your tip toes and balance for the count of 10.

Are there exercises you frequently do at your desk? Share them below.

Nancy Manley

About Nancy Manley


Nancy enjoys helping people find a job that makes them feel complete. She thrives on sharing information that helps candidates become successful employees and engaged workers.