5 exercises to do at your desk

Office chair abdominals

This is a great way to strengthen your core and improve your balance. Take your exercise ball with you to work and use it as replacement for your office chair. Sit on it, find your balance, pull your shoulders back and then pull your navel in. Keep your feet about a hip’s width apart. This posture will also help to improve your concentration.

Shoulder raise

Relieve tension in your neck. Alternately raise your shoulders to your ears and hold for 10 seconds before relaxing. Do one shoulder at a time, 5 times each.


Everyone wants a tight, toned butt. You can even do this exercise while attending meetings (wink, wink). Simply clench your buttocks and hold for 10 seconds. Do this for 3-minute sessions whenever you can.

Leg planks

You can strengthen and tone your legs while sitting behind your desk. Sit at the edge of your chair and extend your left leg out in front of you until it’s straight and parallel to the floor. Hold for 10 seconds and switch legs. Do at least 5 reps per leg – per meeting?

Calf muscle toning

Tone your calf muscles by sitting down and tensing your calves and pointing your toes until you are on your tip-toes. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat eight times per session. Yes, you will soon feel the burn!

Exercise shouldn’t be a mission and a half! Improve your posture and strengthen your muscles while sitting at your desk. Use your favourite Shield roll on to prevent any body odour at work and to keep you fresh for the duration of the working day!