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What are some discreet exercises one can do at a standing-desk in the office?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 29, 2013 at 11:25 PM

I have a standing-desk at my office, as I'm sure a lot of you do. My co-workers already think I'm odd for standing, and I want to incorporate some exercises at my desk that won't raise too many eyebrows. Any suggestions?

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

plie and tendu sequences as well.

26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

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on January 30, 2013
at 10:12 PM

I started today by marching in place, doing little kicks, then heal to butt swings, knee-ups to opposite elbow. While my nearest co-worker was on her breaks, I managed to do these exercises for a solid 20 minutes, then a straight min. Thanks for the hacks, everyone!

9d142ffae34c518722ea67d4cfb89a19

on January 30, 2013
at 07:05 PM

@Dragonfly - good point... my answer was really in reference to what _I_ do. I expect (or at least hope) that others will exercise some self-awareness and do what works for them :)

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on January 30, 2013
at 11:40 AM

Be careful with the postural instructions. They are fine for men, but not so great for a woman's pelvic floor. Read the kegels not invited article I referenced in my comment to your question.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on January 30, 2013
at 11:37 AM

Kegels are not so great. Read this: http://mamasweat.blogspot.com/2010/05/pelvic-floor-party-kegels-are-not.html?m=1

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on January 30, 2013
at 04:40 AM

Beaten to it by MathGirl. :)

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on January 30, 2013
at 03:39 AM

Mathgirl72 beat me to it..!!!!

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on January 30, 2013
at 02:32 AM

I must be stupid haha, I'm too busy thinking/concentrating to worry about calf raises. Also I can't concentrate well standing up, especially if its been more than an hour. I sit at work stand at home.

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on January 30, 2013
at 01:50 AM

Great answer, thanks!

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on January 30, 2013
at 12:01 AM

isometric contractions (i.e. flexing).

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on January 29, 2013
at 11:57 PM

calf raises, demi-plie and tendu sequences.

26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

(5798)

on January 29, 2013
at 11:56 PM

I also don't need to get pulled into the director's office for being a distraction :)

26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

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on January 29, 2013
at 11:56 PM

no jumping jacks, though.

26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

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on January 29, 2013
at 11:55 PM

You stand up and type.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on January 29, 2013
at 11:52 PM

+1 for confidence.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on January 29, 2013
at 11:50 PM

calf raises .

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on January 29, 2013
at 11:47 PM

Kegels!

26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

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on January 29, 2013
at 11:40 PM

Cool, I have one of those. I'll have to try it at work.

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9d142ffae34c518722ea67d4cfb89a19

on January 30, 2013
at 01:43 AM

I also have a standing desk. Here's what I have/do:

  • calf stretching block (slab of 4x4 cut at about 30deg) that I'll stretch on

  • rocker board

I also do:

  • Vele's Leans ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blQxbxldZ14 )

  • single leg lifts - lift to 90degrees while isolating hips and keeping them squared (don't raise or drop - level)

  • side stretches to target ITB and Adductor Magnus

  • stand tall with tight abs, tucked bum, shoulders back, neck extended, chin slightly tucked (sounds easy, but it's amazing how easy it is to slouch and have terrible posture at a standing desk).

Most important, I found, when my posture comes out of alignment (standing on 1 leg, unbalanced hips, etc.), I sit for a bit and relax. For me, standing in poor posture, is worse than sitting for a bit.

26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

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on January 30, 2013
at 01:50 AM

Great answer, thanks!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on January 30, 2013
at 11:40 AM

Be careful with the postural instructions. They are fine for men, but not so great for a woman's pelvic floor. Read the kegels not invited article I referenced in my comment to your question.

9d142ffae34c518722ea67d4cfb89a19

on January 30, 2013
at 07:05 PM

@Dragonfly - good point... my answer was really in reference to what _I_ do. I expect (or at least hope) that others will exercise some self-awareness and do what works for them :)

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on January 29, 2013
at 11:50 PM

incline push ups, dips, squats, lunges, one legged squats, march in place. if they already think you're weird, you might as well own it.

26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

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on January 29, 2013
at 11:56 PM

I also don't need to get pulled into the director's office for being a distraction :)

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on January 29, 2013
at 11:52 PM

+1 for confidence.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on January 30, 2013
at 11:42 AM

Drop a pen occasionally & do a full squat to pick it up.

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F02990386b12528111740ad6279ba29d

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on January 29, 2013
at 11:54 PM

How do you guys get work done?!?!

26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

(5798)

on January 29, 2013
at 11:55 PM

You stand up and type.

F02990386b12528111740ad6279ba29d

(1363)

on January 30, 2013
at 02:32 AM

I must be stupid haha, I'm too busy thinking/concentrating to worry about calf raises. Also I can't concentrate well standing up, especially if its been more than an hour. I sit at work stand at home.

26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

(5798)

on January 29, 2013
at 11:56 PM

no jumping jacks, though.

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Adf4f094f249d7a3b81c854981f867d4

on January 30, 2013
at 05:02 AM

BUTT CLENCHES. Lots and lots of it. Word of caution: Sitting may become uncomfortable due to your buns of steel.

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103a639b040a17bb579084287f2a5307

on January 30, 2013
at 12:58 AM

Get a half dome (half a foam roller). Great for stretching your calves and balancing on one foot.

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C5936fee266dd2953f690f0b9539754f

on January 29, 2013
at 11:35 PM

I just got a balance board for my desk. It's easy when you are typing because you are stabilizing yourself with your arms but standing on one foot makes it harder.

26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

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on January 29, 2013
at 11:40 PM

Cool, I have one of those. I'll have to try it at work.

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Bfd70bb38267fcc2d762063d691fa226

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on February 20, 2013
at 05:58 AM

I would just say fidget!!!! Shift your weight from leg to leg, tap your foot. Every little movement counts, and I have read many places (for whatever it may be worth) that fidgeters are naturally leaner because, well, all the energy used adds up!

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on January 30, 2013
at 06:45 PM

Hit the bathroom, find a stall, and go to town on some squats.

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on January 30, 2013
at 10:44 AM

Get a set of free weights and do mini-sets. Otherwise you won't get the resistance you're looking for.

Your co-workers may think you weird for having a standing desk.

But if you have it along with free weights, they'll know you're simply serious about your health. They'll actually respect you then.

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6699a55ee68299f3639bb7ff710dd72e

on January 30, 2013
at 09:17 AM

Go all out and get a treadmill desk!

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