One year when I was still managing a team, I came across an article on “deskercises” – that is, exercises you could do while seated at your desk. Knowing how little opportunity my team had to move throughout the day, I thought these would be a great thing to bring to a staff meeting.
So I put them on the agenda. My team was used to my eccentricities, and while they dutifully learned the deskercises, I’m sure it was fodder for some amused break-room discussion at my expense.
I’ve long forgotten the deskercises, but as a firm believer in moving around, I have a few exercises I try to do on a regular basis adapted for the home office. I like to think of them as “Exercises in Futility”:
Rise from your chair. Walk ten feet. Let the cat out. Return to your chair. Rise from your chair. Walk ten feet. Let cat in. Repeat 20 times.
Walk up a flight of stairs. Forget why you left your desk. Descend stairs and return to a seated position.
Bend to front-loading washer. Remove laundry. Rise to stacked dryer. Stow laundry. Repeat until there is no more laundry or until your knees give out, whichever comes first.
Run for office phone that is ringing at the other end of the house.
I’d love to hear of any additional exercises you have to share. After all, some days an Exercise in Futility is the only exercise I’m going to get.
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