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Under Desk Exercise: Get Fit While You Work

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Stuck in the Office? Try Under-Desk Exercise

When I started spending long hours at my desk, I started noticing a corresponding increase in my waist line. And when I started working from home, it only got worse, since my morning "commute" no longer even included the short walk from the parking garage to my office and back again. I've recently been trying to add fitness back into my regime with under-desk cardio machines and some simple exercises. Since I'm still stuck at a desk most of the day, I've been trying to get out more during lunch and try under-desk exercise while I'm pounding the keyboard. Here are some tips and tools I've been discovering.

(Update: I've given up under-desk exercise in favor of my new FitDesk exercise desk/bike. See below for more information!)

(Image: TrekDesk available on amazon. See link below.)

Mini Exercise Bikes - Pedaling is a great under-desk exercise

If you want an aerobic exercise you can do at work, under-desk bicycles are great. They slide right under your desk, so they don't take up any extra room. I love these contraptions because pedaling is a great under-desk exercise to do while you're on the phone or on the computer.

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Under Desk Exercises

Stretches and exercises that don't require any equipment

These are some simple at-desk and under-desk exercises I found online. They're quick, easy to do, don't require any equipment and will help you sneak a little exercise into your day even when you can't get away from your desk. You'll find more at WebMD, which also offers this good advice:

"Don't let fear of embarrassment keep you from exercising at work. Chances are, your co-workers will admire your efforts rather than be amused."

Easy Desk Exercises

- Sitting in your chair, lift one leg off the seat, extend it out straight in front of you, hold for two seconds, and then lower your foot until it's just above the floor and hold for several seconds. Repeat 15 times on each leg.

- Place both hands on your chair arms and slowly lift your bottom off the chair. Lower yourself back down but stop short of the seat. Hold for a few seconds. Repeat 15 times.

- Sit up straight and try to touch your shoulder blades together. Hold and then relax.

- Hold the seat of your chair and extend your legs straight out in front of you until they are parallel to the floor. Flex and point your toes five times. Release, and then repeat.

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Under Desk Mini Elliptical Trainer - Mini elliptical fits right under your desk

If you prefer elliptical machines to bikes, you might prefer this under-desk elliptical trainer.

Stamina 55-1610 InMotion E1000 Elliptical Trainer
Stamina 55-1610 InMotion E1000 Elliptical Trainer

From Amazon: Forget the gym. Now you can enjoy a full cardio workout in the comfort of your home or office with this compact elliptical trainer from Stamina Products. Unlike full-size ellipticals, this trainer doesn't have arms or a front console. Instead, the trainer is essentially foot pedals only, with a chassis that's small enough to store under a desk or in a closet. Despite the small size, the trainer still packs a workout wallop, letting you burn a similar number of calories as jogging but without the risk of injury to the back, knees, hips, or ankles. Just keep your feet moving on the pedals--which continually oscillate in a low-impact manner--and you're set. Other details include sturdy steel construction, non-slip pedals, and an electronic fitness monitor that tracks the number of strides per minute, total number of strides, exercise time, and calories burned.

 

Compact Under Desk Stepping Machine - Stamina InStride Electronic Stepper

They also make mini steppers to fit right under your desk at work or at home.

Stamina InStride Electronic Stepper
Stamina InStride Electronic Stepper

From Amazon: Limited in space but still want a great cardiovascular workout? Look no further than the Stamina InStride electronic stepper, which offers a footprint of only 12 inches wide by 16 inches long. As a result, you can use your InStride stepper just about anywhere--in front of the TV, while on the phone, in your sunroom, outside on the patio, or even at work. The InStride stepper is even small enough to toss into a workout bag and take on vacation. The stepper is equipped with two hydraulic cylinders that create a stepping motion similar to those of commercial stair steppers. As you step, you work your calves, thighs, buttocks, and core while boosting your cardio, helping you burn calories and fat. The InStride's battery-operated multifunction fitness monitor, meanwhile, times each workout and counts the number of steps, so you can stay motivated and on track to reach your fitness goals.

 

FitDesk - Desk exercise bike won't fit UNDER your desk because it IS a desk

The FitDesk exercise bike doesn't exactly belong on this page because it doesn't fit under your desk - it IS a desk. But I'm adding it here because I think it will appeal to many people who want to exercise while working. This is what I now use while working at home. Whenever I'm on Facebook, checking email or writing articles, online, I'm on my FitDesk. And I've lost 30 pounds without dieting!

It's great for work-at-home moms (or dads), Facebook addicts, or anyone who spends a lot of time on the computer and has room in their home or office for a lightweight, portable exercise desk. It's a great way to get fit while getting the job done. I absolutely love mine!

FitDesk Semi-Recumbent Pedal Desk
FitDesk Semi-Recumbent Pedal Desk

Description: Imagine surfing the web, checking your email, keeping up with friends on social networks, beating the next level on your favorite game, or finishing that big deadline, all while losing weight and improving your cardiovascular health. Now you can converge health and productivity with FitDesk. This unique patent pending design provides comfortable placement of your forearms on a padded and contoured desk surface for stable handsfree use of keyboards and game controllers. Supports your upper body for extremely comfortable use. Like no other exercise product available you will find your self "lost" in your favorite wired era pastime while your heart rate is increased for longer, and more consistent daily exercise. Not only will your entire body benefit from this movement but you will be amazed at how much more you can get done by staying connected and organized with the increased time found. While health and productivity are important enough we did not stop there. We used the highest quality parts and designs available to insure years of quiet, smooth and highly adjustable performance. You will find the resistance level will have plenty to "grow" into. Please try our product and see how easy it is to find time to improve your daily exercise regimen, stay organized and connected, and so much more.

 

Fitness 9 to 5: Easy Exercises for the Working Week - A book with suggestions for keeping fit at work

If you can't get away from the office and need more than a few stretches to get back in shape, this book details plenty of exercises and stretches you can do at your desk and in the office.

Fitness 9 to 5: Easy Exercises for the Working Week
Fitness 9 to 5: Easy Exercises for the Working Week

From Amazon: The latest trend in fitness for the overworked and underexercised? The office cubicle, of course! Fitness 9 to 5 is the perfect antidote to long hours hunched over a desk and missed dates with the gym. This handy book features 75 quick and easy exercises that can be performed discreetly while sitting at a desk, standing at a file cabinet, and even on the morning commute. Coffee Pot Curls in the kitchenette build up biceps, while Stairwell Bun Blasters are sure to improve the bottom line. And stress-busters for tired eyes and wrists keep computer fatigue at bay. A calorie count is provided for each exercise, so it's easy to see how simple changes can shed pounds. With charming illustrations and step-by-step instructions, Fitness 9 to 5 is the best defense against the office candy jar.

 

Exercise Ball Chairs - Just sitting on these balls can provide some exercise

Sitting in a chair isn't exercise, but if you sit on an exercise ball instead, you'll be using some of your muscles just while sitting. Exercise ball chairs promote flexibility, coordination and tension release.

Gaiam Balance Ball Chair (Black)
Gaiam Balance Ball Chair (Black)

This balance ball chair can help you keep fit at work

 
Gaiam Custom Fit Adjustable Balance Ball Chair
Gaiam Custom Fit Adjustable Balance Ball Chair

Adjustable custom fit chair is perfect for long days at work

 

Working On the Ball: A Simple Guide to Office Fitness - This book can give you more information about exercise ball chairs

If you're planning to get a balance ball chair, this book can help you learn how to get the most from it. The authors give you tips on using "active sitting" techniques to improve your health while working.

Working on the Ball: A Simple Guide to Office Fitness
Working on the Ball: A Simple Guide to Office Fitness

From Amazon: People today are spending more time at work and less time being active, whether by sitting in front of a computer all day or in a car battling grueling traffic-or both! Working on the Ball solves this problem by providing an innovative, playful approach to fitness, no gym shoes or expensive club membership required.

Authors Jane Clapp and Sarah Robichaud, both fitness professionals, don't take themselves-or readers-too seriously. They offer a fun, reasonable routine that any office worker can follow from day one.

Hour by hour, the authors take readers through a full day of 'active sitting,' using a stability ball as a chair, and provide guidance for making healthy choices in the workplace.

Also included are photographs to help illustrate each exercise and plenty of encouragement, motivation, and coaching. The authors even offer tips on after-work stress management and other health subjects.

 

TrekDesk - Walk while you work

If you want to put some really BIG exercise equipment under your desk - like a full-size treadmill - you might need a new desk. TrekDesk is the answer. This desktop attaches to almost any treadmill and will give you a new way to work out while you work.

The desktop measures 72 x 34 inches and includes a manuscript holder, file folder, and two cup holders. It adjusts to fit any user between 5'4" and 6'4" tall and can hold up to 55 pounds of equipment.

TrekDesk Treadmill Desk
TrekDesk Treadmill Desk

This innovative desktop fits almost any treadmill so you can walk while you work.

 

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Do You Exercise at Your Desk? 190 comments

Ladyclodine 4 years ago

Some bikes often break after a short time and tend to be noisy. If you can't afford a better bike, i recommend Mini Exercise Bikes.


Mavenlive 4 years ago

Very neat stuff... I've also noticed myself packing on the pounds around my waistline while sitting in a computer chair all day.

I really like those exercise balls with the backs to them... and wheels! What more could you ask for might have to pick one up!

There are some other great strengthening exercises a Mavenlive's website. It is physiotherapy software but the have posted their entire list of exercises online!


Decrease_Fat 4 years ago

I actually did try to do some exercises when I was cubicle bound years ago. Staying fit is very important. I invite you to check out a couple of programs I purchased which have great routines in them: Fat Burning Furnace Review and The Truth About Six Pack Abs Review


sandralynnsparks 4 years ago

Thanks! I need info like this very much right now...


sandralynnsparks 4 years ago

Another good exercise is just lifting up on the thighs while sitting - just a little movement, repeated often, helps build the thigh muscles for climbing stairs.


GrowWear 4 years ago

The ball looks like it will help folks with their posture, too.


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ssuthep 4 years ago

Great tips. Very helpful for busy people stuck many hours working at their desk. Now there is no excuse to get some exercise.


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Tarra99 4 years ago

Great tips...thanks for sharing...this makes me think of all of us typing at our desks creating Squidoo lenses ;o)


Fit_Over_40_Buzz 4 years ago

Very nice lens. Thanks. I gave you a thumbs up, because it's a nice lens.


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teamlane 4 years ago

Now, if I can only remember to do these! :)


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Violin-Student 4 years ago

It is amazing how sedentary you can become (and how much weight you can gain) working at a desk. Under the desk exercise is good, but don't forget to stretch...especially hands and wrists while you are typing! Thanks for the lens!


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freaknoodles1 4 years ago

I've never thought about exercising while sitting at a desk. I don't think I'd ever have the guts to do it in an office setting, but it sounds like a great idea for working at home.


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WorldVisionary3 4 years ago

I can completely relate to this - working from home has not helped my waistline much! I have to make time for exercise, especially now.


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jlshernandez 4 years ago

Not often, but I should since I sit in front of the computer for hours on end.

This lens gave me a lot of info and tips for more useful exercises I can do. Thanks for sharing.


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ChemKnitsBlog2 4 years ago

Yes, but my "desk" is my living room.


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compugraphd 4 years ago

This looks like it's good for "couch potatoes" or workaholics. With this, nobody has an excuse to not exercise -- it's even possible if you're "chained" to your desk.


anonymous 3 years ago

easy to get the wrong idea from this lens name.


tdpierceall2002 3 years ago

No, but I really really should. I love the under-desk exercise pedalers. What a fantastic idea!


glowchick 3 years ago

Office yoga? Very cool and should help you destress :)

Thumbs up on your lens.


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polly72 lm 3 years ago

Cool exercises nice lens


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TeacherSerenia 3 years ago

I get up and walk around for a few minutes every hour - thats about the best I can do for exercise at the office these days.


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Ereinion 3 years ago

I spend all day at the office and try to have a break every hour or so. This lens gives me additional ideas about what to do in between hours! ;) Many thanks for sharing this!!


anonymous 3 years ago

No I don't exercise at my desk. This is the first I heard of the mini bike.


JaycFrancis 3 years ago

Very cool. I've never heard of something like this. Thanks!


anonymous 3 years ago

These are some great suggestions. I used the instride mini cycling bike. It is absolutely great. I've used it for about four months now without a problem. It is important to stay active even when working at the desk long hours.


fitdeskbike 3 years ago

I use a FitDesk for my office chair. FitDesk lets you exercise comfortably while you use your computer or play a video game. With your elbows resting on the padded surface FitDesk is stable and comfortable way to use laptop and exercise. Like a high performance pedal desk


BadSoulPhotography 3 years ago

Good to know


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tobejim 3 years ago

Great for people who can't find time outside of work to do some exercise! I've always been an advocate of making your own time to workout.


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playercoach 3 years ago

Very helpful. Sitting at a desk all day long is very unhealthy. Anything we can do to get a little exercise in is very important. I especially liked the stepper exercise equipment that can be used under a desk. I will be checking them out.


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beckwong 3 years ago

great lens!

btw, if demo photos can be provided, then will be more effective...

(I am just lazy to read words XD)


careermom 3 years ago

absolutely... people think I'm crazy


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ngio64 3 years ago

Great Ideas. I can incorporate them when I am studying too.


EllipticalTrainersGuide 3 years ago

as a desk jockey, it is great to know that I can take a few minutes to exercise in my cubicle


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GODis4me 3 years ago from charleston wv

OMG this was an awesome lens I didnt know they made such stuff


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cdevries 3 years ago Level 1 Commenter

I have an under the desk bike - I'm not coordinated enouh to cycle whule typing (as you can see!) but it's good at thinking moments.


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szeman 3 years ago

It's hard to exercise when you sit at work all day.


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winsandywin 3 years ago

Whoa! Under-desk bikes?? That's pretty cool! I agree with cdevries though, I don't think I could pedal, talk, and type at the same time. :)


Chardoo 3 years ago

Great ways to exercise at work. I also help seniors do this at home since many can't get up to exercise


tienlove 3 years ago

This lens is great :) I spend an absurd amount of time at my desk working on the computer and definitely need to get more exercise. I never thought of working out while I worked. Thanks for such a great idea!


fitdeskbike 3 years ago

@beckwong: check out this video www.fitdesk.net


fitdeskbike 3 years ago

@tienlove: Your going to love the FitDesk. Look at the reviews on Amazon.com. You can't make this stuff up. FitDesk can change your life for the better. You have to see this. www.fitdesk.net


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Wendy Leanne 3 years ago from Texas

What a great idea! So many of us are glued to a computer most of the day. I knew about doing glute squeezes under your desk or how you can do facial exercises while working, but those little bike pedal sets are a great idea!


anonymous 3 years ago

Yes, i'm exercist with a ball and thanks for your shring this lens, nice job.


anonymous 3 years ago

This is especially useful for writers since we spend so much time at the computer. If we're not writing, we're doing research for our next lens. Whatever it us, we are sitting way too much without moving. I just tried your Easy Desk Exercises and love it.


wayne_luvinlife 3 years ago

This is taking multitasking to a new level! Yes, I occasionally do some stretching at my desk but not consistent enough to call it exercise! You have opened my eyes...and showed me the way...might have to be more consistent! Great lens!


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herculeafitness1 3 years ago

Super ideas. I too had a problem with unwanted "increase" when I started working from home. I started to set a timer every 30 minutes to get up and do a few minutes of activity to get the blood flowing. I have yet to try the exercise desk bike but it looks great.


mamamia2011 3 years ago

this is possible if the company you are working with allows it but its a great idea.


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anaamhussain 3 years ago

Excellent exercises! just what I needed! thanx a bunch :)


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Countryluthier 3 years ago

I only have room for jumping to conclusions :). Great lens, wish I had more room at the desk!


nikline 3 years ago

What about tensing your stomach for 5 seconds and repeating it 20 times? You can also try to maintain a good posture, and avoid slouching.


NidhiRajat 3 years ago

great to have this lens!!!!


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julescorriere 3 years ago from Jonesborough TN

Working from my desk, I tried these exercises as I read them, and I will keep on working on them. Thanks for these great tips.


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LadyCharlie 3 years ago

Great lens...good tips to keep moving!


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Candlemakingsup 3 years ago

Here are some exercises I can handle!


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Judy Filarecki 3 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York Level 2 Commenter

Good suggestions for people who sit allthe time. Also good links to affordable small equipment.


anilsaini 3 years ago

nice one


anonymous 3 years ago

I sit on an exercise ball some times while working online, it does help strengthen the core muscles that need exercises. Balancing alone is good exercise and the ball makes you do that.


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CarrieReikiMo 3 years ago

I've always wanted to try these! Great info


kelli320 3 years ago

Sounds easy enough!


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Badbreathguy 3 years ago

I'm a great believer in taking quick exercise. That might be walking up and down stairs, or going through a few stretches.

Taking exercise this way is not only beneficial but it doesn't take up much time.


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BucketTrucks LM 3 years ago

All the time. I find pulling the tip of my toes up like i am trying to touch my leg with them really works out my calves. I also like to do squats as I'm walking out to the break room!


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SAPearl 3 years ago

These are great tips not only to do at a desk at work, but also as exercises for people who have limited mobility and need to exercise while seated. Thank you!


flyguybc 3 years ago

I've never seen mini versions of ellipticals for under desk use, That is too cool! What a great idea. I know all about sitting behind a desk for long hours and can really see the usefulness of these. Thanks for the ideas


flyguybc 3 years ago

I've never seen mini versions of ellipticals for under desk use, That is too cool! What a great idea. I know all about sitting behind a desk for long hours and can really see the usefulness of these. Thanks for the ideas


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Gypzeerose 3 years ago Level 4 Commenter

Wow. All these aids are so great! Get fit and work at your computer!


anonymous 3 years ago

I'm so tempted by those under-desk things and I've not seen the exercise bikes that are desks. Interesting! I like SAPearl's suggestion for people with limited mobility too. Good idea.


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Optionstradingiq 3 years ago

Wow. Never even considered exercising at my desk! Great ideas!


seosmm 2 years ago

Very nice lens!


guyfawkes7 2 years ago

nice lens with some good info!


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entertainmentev 2 years ago

Yes, but not as much as if I had the fit desk. I love that!


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heartycindypen 2 years ago from Ormoc City

love to try these while I work..


baby-strollers 2 years ago

Only my arm to the coffee cup and back.


anonymous 2 years ago

This totally sounds like my form of exercise!


daftrude 2 years ago

No, but I definitely should! Great Lens! *thumbs up*


aishu19 2 years ago

I never knew I could!! This is a whole new world..could be my solution to exercising more...


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VeseliDan 2 years ago

I will try today!


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CruiseReady 2 years ago from East Central Florida

Boy, that compact under desk stepping machine looks like just the ticket!


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xposedbydesign 2 years ago

I certainly need to start, since working from home I gained 20 pounds. Thanks for the ideas.


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Holysheepskin LM 2 years ago

Since I've been spending so much time at my computer (working on squidoo lenses!) I have added my balance ball but really like the Balance Ball Chair idea!


anonymous 2 years ago

This is a great lens! I usually work from about 9 - 5 Monday through Friday and really don't have much time to exercise. I'm definitely going to look into those mini ellipticals. It would be so easy to do!


PersonnelRecruitment 2 years ago

Yep I have opted for the balance ball as well.


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edecas4 2 years ago from Powell RIver BC

I haven't been but this is a really good idea. We all sit for many hours at our desks, why not make some of that time healthy time?


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SteveKaye 2 years ago from Placentia, CA, USA Level 4 Commenter

Great ideas. Thanks for making this lens.


anonymous 2 years ago

super cool, these were great.


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Mistl 2 years ago

Very cool, I used to play the playstation while on my exercise bike and I would absolutely love one of those under the desk pedals! :)


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Mistl 2 years ago

Very cool, I used to play the playstation while on my exercise bike and I would absolutely love one of those under the desk pedals! :)


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Mistl 2 years ago

Very cool, I used to play the playstation while on my exercise bike and I would absolutely love one of those under the desk pedals! :)


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BarbRad 2 years ago from Templeton, CA Level 3 Commenter

I'm afraid I don't. But I do walk downstairs quite often during my workday to get things and do things, so I guess that counts. I don't think there's room under my desk for anything not already there, and I don't think I could use my IMAC on the FitDesk. I'll just have to make sure to get my afternoon walk in.


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Brandi Bush 2 years ago from Maryland

I've seen where people make platforms that span across their treadmill so they can work on their laptops while walking. Similar to the FitDesk above. That's what I need! :)


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CherylK 2 years ago

Not until now! Thanks for the great lens...very motivating. I was just thinking, today, that I'm not getting enough exercise. Am going to try these suggestions.


Slammin426 2 years ago

No, but I know a lot of folks who need to be exercising at their desk, including me. This is so good and since most of us sit a a 9 - 5 JOB we need help to get some cardio in, what a great IDEA!


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Rangoon House 2 years ago

Great ideas - thank you for the wonderful suggestions.


anonymous 2 years ago

There's some very scary research that has been done to assess the effects of what sitting down does to the body. It's not just sitting at the desk all day, it is the same when watching TV. I try to get in the habit of standing up when I am on the phone - but I keep forgetting :(


turnerpool 2 years ago

Great informative lens! These are great tips on what to do when your stuck in an office all day. I found a great website that has cheap weights if anyone wants to check it out. www.cheapweights.org you will find the cheapest online exercise equipment there.


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SquidooRocks55 2 years ago

Thanks for the great post. Nice


fish-oil-expert 2 years ago

I don't know if i could actually exercise under my desk... sounds hard to concentrate on my work. Why not just get up and exercise? :)


JoshK47 2 years ago

Always great ideas to keep your body busy while you sit - I usually just take breaks to do some push-ups and such, but these are also excellent ideas! Blessed by a SquidAngel!


anonymous 2 years ago

Where I work there is a gym in the building and I go there during my lunch hour. So I don't have a need to do that at this point. But things can change and that is a great idea. I never knew a product like those existed. Thanks for sharing!


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julescorriere 2 years ago from Jonesborough TN

Back to your lens to sprinkle a little Angel Blessings on it!


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tvyps 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Wish I'd have known these things when I was working...now I am retired and am barely exercising...OOPS! Blessed


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mgs249 2 years ago

These are great ideas. Many people are stuck at their computers and need to get some circulation going. Way to go.


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BarbaraCasey 2 years ago from St. Petersburg, Florida Level 3 Commenter

I never knew there was so much stuff available for "under" desk exercising. The bike idea looks terrific. Thank you.


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BestRatedStuff 2 years ago

Amazing how much stuff is available for these exercises. Thanks for sharing.


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BestRatedStuff 2 years ago

Amazing how much stuff is available for these exercises. Thanks for sharing.


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PaulWinter 2 years ago

Some great ways of keeping fit while sitting at the desk.


donyackel 2 years ago

@PaulWinter: Why not try a Fitdesk to keep moving while sitting?!


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LynetteBell 2 years ago

Thanks for the tips:)


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mrsclaus411 2 years ago

I should. Thank you for this helpful ideas.


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Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai Level 1 Commenter

Great ideas to work out when you are stuck in office.


Busy_and_Fit 2 years ago

Good stuff


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aesta1 2 years ago

I went to the gym yesterday and hope to maintain this schedule regularly.


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sbconcepts 2 years ago

Not currently but you have given me some great choices for me to incorporate it into my days while working on Squidoo!


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ayng29 lm 2 years ago

I'm going to start working a full-time job next week and I realize I need this! I'll be working 8 hours in front of a computer and my own desk. I'm not the type who gains weight but I know a lifestyle without exercise is unhealthy. Thanks for the instructions!


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ayng29 lm 2 years ago

I'm going to start working a full-time job next week and I realize I need this! I'll be working 8 hours in front of a computer and my own desk. I'm not the type who gains weight but I know a lifestyle without exercise is unhealthy. Thanks for the instructions!


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OrganicMom247 2 years ago

Thanks for these great ideas. I usually spend a lot of time sitting down facing my computer. Now, I have some exercises that I can do while sitting down. Thanks for the useful information.


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OCDiscusFish 2 years ago

nice lens, please check us out too!!


acneanswers 2 years ago

I'm self employed so can go for a wander round my 'office' whenever I like. In summer it's great as my office includes the garden!


SquiNoob 2 years ago

I wonder if something like The Flex Belt would be effective at work. I know these types of devices have been around forever but they are sure trumping the "clinically proven" angle.


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MarcoG 2 years ago from Edinburgh

I've never really thought about exercising at my desk. I've just recently got over a bout of sciatica, so used a balance disk on my chair...that's sort of exercise at my desk, right? lol


Thamisgith 2 years ago

Sounds like a great way to multi-task. Get fit and get some work done as well. I could be unbearably smug after that!


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Lenskeeper 2 years ago

Great information for those of us who work on computers all day, especially at home! Blessed by Lenskeeper.


kelseykb 2 years ago

I've been doing this for a couple of months now, and I love it! I've worked up to pedaling 4 hours a day. I love getting to release all my pent up energy while still getting my work done.


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SandyMertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra Level 4 Commenter

I have been thinking about getting one of these.


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Andrej977 LM 2 years ago

I have a small gym ball for doing knee strengthening exercises.

Nice lens!


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WriterJanis2 2 years ago Level 4 Commenter

I don't, but I should. Great advice here.


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JenwithMisty 2 years ago

I would love to have one of those exercise desks!!! I was actually thinking about how cool it would be to have one of those the other day. I'm so sick of sitting at a desk all day.


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Virginia Allain 2 years ago from Central Florida Level 5 Commenter

I only exercise my mind (and my fingers) at my desk. These look like something I need. Sometimes my ankles swell up if I sit too much.


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RaintreeAnnie 2 years ago from UK Level 3 Commenter

I certainly do ! Since I have had back issues I realised the importance of doing exercises to counteract sitting at a desk. I mostly do not get back pain anymore but I do get up every 30-60 mins or so and do specific exercises and this has helped enormously.I also have an exercise ball similar to the one you show here I which is good for me to use at a desk. Sitting still for long periods of time isn't good for anyone. I like your ideas here for exercising at a desk, it is very good advice :)


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radasum 2 years ago

No, not really. Nice lens.


dressygirlkouture 2 years ago

not really but I should! nice lens!


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HomeDecorKnight 2 years ago

Fitness is wealth, To keep fit exercise is must. This lens is informative about desk exercise. good lens.


every1fit 2 years ago

Great lens! Simple walking and stretching while in front of you office desk can really release a tension and you also able to gain great health benefits. Just for sharing here√Ęs a 5 min exercise at your desk videos (http://e1fit.com/articles/positive-fitness-in-the-... that used to do while in office.. hope it helps.


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N Beaulieu 2 years ago

What great ideas! I work at a desk all day and now that the days are getting shorter I don't have much time to head outside for a nice walk after the work day. I'm definitely going to give some of these a try.


anonymous 2 years ago

Hi there, I usually try to get out of the office during my lunchbreak, but i like the stepper thing above. Some great ideas here, thank you :)


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spids1 2 years ago

Great lens very well written.


ACGroup1 2 years ago

This gave me plenty of ideas and the motivation to break out my exercise equipment since I work at home. Thanks


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rugjeff lm 2 years ago

Looks great, appreciate the information.


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kopox 2 years ago

very useful info for those who worked behind the desk all day long...


anonymous 2 years ago

great lens :)


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Rickbob LM 2 years ago

It's funny because I used to do some of these exercises at my desk. Sitting back in my chair and lifting my legs really helped firm my stomach, although it looked funny to my co workers. lol. Nice Lens!


CristianStan 2 years ago

All these products should win awards for best invention, I definitely need one of these since I spend long hours sitting at a computer.


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Loganor 24 months ago

I have one of those under-desk bicycles for the winter when I am not able to get outdoors as much and it really does help keep me fit.


anonymous 24 months ago

No I dont exercise at my desk, but I know I should. I have an exercise bike in my office but I dont use it enough. I am thinking that those under desk mini exercise bikes may suit me.


anonymous 23 months ago

I take a quick 2 minute break every 45mins to an hour and that really helps. I also have an exercise bike at home made by Reebok and the saddle is dreadful


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BodyWrap 23 months ago

Perfect for desk-bound lifestyles!


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StretchingExerc 23 months ago

Great lens! Very unique and helpful I'm sure for many people. Lots of these pieces of equipment are new to me but appear to help get the job done. Among them though, my favorite thus far has to be the stability ball.


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plecasso lm 22 months ago

very informative a great lens for office workers


clothing4boys 22 months ago

This is exactly what I am looking for.


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LiliLove 22 months ago

No, but I could! Thanks for sharing the information =)


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mumsgather 22 months ago Level 3 Commenter

I think those of us who write on Squidoo for long hours could do with one of these.


BookLoverFrank 22 months ago

No I don't. But, I'm sitting in front of my computer all day long; and yes, I need exercise. You really make me think. Now all I have to do is ACT, right?


Timsmansmall 22 months ago

I exercise my eyes and hands at the desk and that is it. Great ideas for getting fit.


myspace9 22 months ago

Beautiful lens and valuable information too.


anonymous 22 months ago

Nice equipment and lens, thank you for sharing


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mihgasper 22 months ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

Lovely idea. I need something like this!


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MBradley McCauley 21 months ago

Checking some of these suggestions out......need something since I sit so much of the day at my writing desk.


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ChroniclesofaWa 21 months ago from Philippines

This is good to know since I have been spending more and more time on the computer. :)


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Squidpunk 21 months ago

Did not know they existed. I spend all winter on my computer and wanted something to keep my feet busy.


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Andy-Po 21 months ago from London, England

Excellent ideas for keeping fit.


HazelRachel 21 months ago

Fantastic lens...great ideas!!


traveldestinations 21 months ago

Just what I need.


FashionMommy 21 months ago

Awesome ideas! Terrific lens!


kevin-colburn1 21 months ago

We just released the DeskCycle in January. It's like our MagneTrainer shown above but it has a lower profile so that it will fit under desks as low as 27 inches.


ParkourTrainer 21 months ago

This is awesome. I never realized this type of stuff existed!


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Jogalog 21 months ago

I don't but i love the idea of it. It's great if you have a home office but have little time for going out to exercise.


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DivaChick LM 20 months ago

I haven't yet, unless sitting on a stability ball count. :-D can't wait to add more exercise in :-D


john9229 20 months ago

I should get one in my office! Great Lens!


LadyDuck 20 months ago

Putting a fitness tool under the desk is a great idea! I am going to place my mini bike under it and I'll try not to knock my knees :D


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writerkath 20 months ago Level 3 Commenter

Now we're talking! These are some EXCELLENT ideas, Lisa... And I'm taking your suggestions quite seriously. The balance ball chair looks like a good one, and the idea of moving my legs while sitting at the desk is also excellent.


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HardyGirl 19 months ago

Guess I need to put my exercise ball here at my desk! Thanks for the push into fitness!


moonlitta 19 months ago

I don't. But I truly need to:)


mommateaches 19 months ago

I've never even heard of many of these underdesk machines! I'm going to have to look into a mini-elliptical! What an informative and useful lens :)


anonymous 19 months ago

I have never heard of these machines, but they seem great!


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ismeedee 19 months ago

Fantastic! No, I don't and I really need to!


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TapIn2U 19 months ago Level 3 Commenter

Just heard about these. Thank you for introducing it. Sundae ;-)


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ChristyZ 19 months ago from Ontario, Canada

What a great idea! I love the mini bikes. :)


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Mobley5 17 months ago

Nice! I didn't know that half of these things existed!


fire218 16 months ago

Dang never would of thought of this. Whoever invented that is a good multitasker and time manager.


fcinternetmarketing 16 months ago

Very helpful information.


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Raymond Eagar 15 months ago

Never thought of it , good idea .


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tonyaalves3 15 months ago

Wow! That's to funny. I love the idea. I am also at my desk


Pete1000 14 months ago

Excellent and very informative lens. One I will come back to.


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chookyco 12 months ago

Seen this on the news but never like this :) thanks for the great info


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Nithya Venkat 11 months ago from Dubai Level 1 Commenter

Thank you for sharing this information, I never knew about these before. Great lens.


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Lynn Klobuchar 10 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Level 4 Commenter

I so want to set up a station like one of these at home for when I do my writing. Still trying to figure out the right combination of products at a reasonable price.


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JRsFavoriteFinds 10 months ago

Great information! The Exercise Ball Chair is the only thing I had heard of before.


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AnonymousC831 8 months ago from Kentucky Level 3 Commenter

Great informational lens, nicely done.


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john-tabernik 8 months ago

Very interesting suggestions! I had no idea so many pitons were available!

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