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Tired of sitting? Here's a 5-minute lunchtime 'deskercise' workout

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Use your desk as a workout tool with this 5-minute workout

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Sitting all day long can wreak havoc on your body. Use any free time you have, like your lunch break, to get moving. Just a few minutes each day can make a major impact on your health. You can do this quick workout without leaving your office, leaving no excuse to not fit a little fitness into your day.

Desk push-ups

  • Instead of getting down on the floor, place your hands on the edge of your desk, and then push up and down from there.
  • Time: 30 seconds

The Wall (Street) sit

  • Using the wall next to your desk, get into a sitting position where your back and legs create a 90-degree angle. Your back will be firmly against the wall, and your legs will be supporting you. Align your knees with your toes.
  • Time: 1 minute

CEO-worthy calf raises

  • Standing with feet shoulder-width apart, slowly lift up onto toes, stretching your calves. Hold for 1 second, then release.
  • Time: 1 minute

Hamstring kick-backs

  • Stand behind your chair, gripping the back for support. Slowly kick one foot back, aiming the heel for the top of your thigh. Hold for 2 seconds, then lower your foot back down, and repeat the exercise with the other leg.
  • Time: 30 seconds (per leg)

Lunchtime leg lifts

  • Sit in your office chair, gripping the chair arms or bottom of chair. Keeping your legs straight, slowly lift them to a 90-degree angle. Hold for 3 seconds, then slowly lower them.
  • Time: About 1 minute for 30 reps

Time-saver toe taps

  • Sit on your desk chair, back straight, legs out. Tap those toes as fast as you can on the floor under your desk or on a garbage can.
  • Time: 30 seconds

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