The afternoon slump is real! If you’re noticing an energy dip or you’d just like to make every active moment count, don’t neglect that time at your desk. There are plenty of exercises you can do at work that don’t involve slipping into your leggings and heading to the studio. Below, some of our favorite desk exercises for the office, home office, you name it.
1. 2-Minute Standing Desk Workout
Time to target tight hips and glutes with some quick leg lifts — all you need is two minutes.
2. 10-Minute Desk Stretches for Energy, Posture and Flexibility
If you’re dealing with posture issues and lack of flexibility, desk pilates is your friend. While you’re seated, start with some spine-friendly stretches and finish with some hip-openers and leg lifts.
3. 5-Minute Desk Workout
If you’re able to get up out of your seat and move a little, you’ll love this energizing workout. While you warm up, keep your chair nearby for some squats and low-impact jacks. Think of it as a mini shot of endorphins to get you through the day!
4. 5-Minute Abs Desk Workout
We love stretches and hip openers, but our abs need a little attention too! This video is all about taking little moments to engage your core. Keep it up and you’ll definitely start to notice the results.
5. 5-Minute Break: Office Yoga
Hit pause on a stressful day and recenter yourself with this quick 5-minute yoga video. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be super flexible. Just take a seat and follow along.
6. 5-Minute Seated Stretch
Take a quick break to stretch it out — these beginner-friendly stretches and twists are a godsend for stationery muscles.
7. Quick Office Booty Workout
If you sit all day, it’s time to show your legs some TLC. Grab some resistance bands and take 5 minutes to squat it out.
8. 10-Minute Seated Cardio Workout
We love chair stretches as much as the next person, but the endorphin rush from a good cardio sesh is next level!
9. 5-Minute Chair Mobility Workout
Out of all of the desk exercises out there, our faves always start with the shoulders!
10. Seated Legs Workout
No resistance bands, no problem. This quick legs workout can be done anywhere you’re seated — no equipment needed.
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Allison is a writer, Bruce Springsteen enthusiast, and sixth-generation Texan living in Denton, Texas.