To work out, you don’t have to drag yourself to the gym if it isn’t something that excites you. However, working on some desk-friendly exercises never hurts. We, at StartDock, have summarized 5 simple
workouts for you. These simple desk exercises improve your blood circulation, reduce stress levels, and increase productivity and focus in the office.

1. Arm stretch

When sitting, raise your left arm to the sky, then bend the elbow so your elbow is pointed toward the ceiling and you are patting yourself on the back, by your shoulder blades. Try to reach as far as possible to the left, with your right arm. You could use your left elbow to support your right arm. Repeat 8 times, and then switch sides.

2. Glutes Clench

Again, when sitting, clench your glutes (buttocks) together and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat 8 times or until your glutes get too sour!

3. Abs

Stay still and sit upright in your chair. From the upright position, start turning your upper body as far to the left as possible. Hold this position for 5 seconds and then switch to the right. Repeat 5 times or more.

4. Leg lifts

Again, sit in an upright position in your chair. Lift your left foot of the floor and raise your right leg straight out in front of you. Make sure that your leg is parallel to the floor! Hold this position for 5 seconds, then switch sides. Repeat these steps 10 times (per leg)!

5. Calve stretch

When sitting upright in your chair, slowly tiptoe both feet and hold for 30 seconds. Repeat 3 times and you will surely feel it in your calves!

This concludes our list of easy but effective exercises. You can always do more reps, this depends on your own personal preferences. Of course, there are a lot more options, like taking a nice stroll through the neighborhood you’re working in. A lot of our Dockers from StartDock Rotterdam like to do so! This also reduces stress, especially in such a lovely neighborhood as the Scheepvaartkwartier!