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Neck rotations

Desk exercises

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Barbara Avery, a recreation supervisor for Greenville’s Aquatics and Fitness Center, said desk-sitters can get a good workout with “chair aerobics.” 

“There are a lot of activities you can do at your desk,” Avery said. “People are surprised at how good a workout you can get by sitting in a chair.” Google “desk exercises” and you will find plenty of advice for improving your body’s flexibility and strength without leaving your cubicle. “Take 10-minute breaks here and there and throw in some exercise,” Avery said. “You will be much more alert. A 10-minute break results in a more productive employee.”


Leg lifts:

Sitting in your chair, lift one leg off the seat, extend it out straight, hold for 2 seconds; then lower your foot (stop short of the floor) and hold for several seconds. Switch; do each let 15 times.




  • Sitting tall in your chair, stretch both arms over your head and reach for the sky. After 10 seconds, extend the right hand higher, then the left.
  • Sit facing forward, then turn your head to the left and your torso to the right, and hold a few seconds. Repeat 15 times, alternating sides.



Neck rotations:

  • Sit with good posture.
  • Roll your shoulders down and back so that your neck and spine are long.
  • Rotate your head fully to the right.
  • Drop your chin down toward your collar bone without letting your shoulders shift. Take 5 deep breaths.
  • Repeat, rotating head to the left.

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