E is for Exercises

work-at-homeOne 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”:

Cat stretches

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.

Stair climb

Walk up a flight of stairs. Forget why you left your desk. Descend stairs and return to a seated position.

Deep-knee bends

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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17 thoughts on “E is for Exercises

  1. 🙂

    I used to joke that my only exercise was running late for work, but actually, no, it wasn’t a joke. I lived a good twenty minute jog from the train station, though, and I usually carried a pretty heavy bag, so I was actually fitter than ever. Which is to say let’s not knock exercise in any form – even in the form of futility.


  2. Familiar with all of yours bar the cat stretches…

    Helping out a friend we relieved him of a “stepper” excercise thingy, being lazy it’s still in the living room… now the stair climb involves repeating the same movements as actually climbing stairs but with resistance… also being lazy it squeaks like made, so it also probably really annoys the neighbours too. Then your thighs hurt and climbing back up the stairs to the office is sometimes done slightly on all fours… not sure it’s all that good for productivity – hoping it does something to my thighs though.

    Curling Stones for Lego People


    1. The big trend here is companies that put it treadmill/workstations so their employees can walk while they work or talk on the phone. A great concept, but way, way too much like a hamster wheel for me.


  3. I love how you recognize the way your staff may have thought about the deskercises (I am sure people make fun of my ideas even the ones I don’t think have the least amount of zany in them!) Your exercises are simple to do to fit into the routine. I have discovered lately when I exercise my body rejoices and hurts less – always a bonus and then some!

    Thanks for the post!

    Julie Jordan Scott
    A to Z Challenge Participant/2011,12,13,14…..
    The Bold Writer from A to Z


    1. The first step toward effective management is acceptance that a majority of your staff will think you are a little batty – at least in my case.


  4. Another one that made me smile. Thanks, Sarah. Here’s my tuppence worth:
    Jumping jacks: Jump over cars, balls, crayons etc. strewn across the house to get to kitchen/bedroom…and repeat all the way back.
    I’m so glad I discovered your blog via Cristina @fillpraycloset


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