Tone Your Core Without Leaving Your Desk

March 8, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015
Besides opting for the stairs instead of the elevator, it seems impossible to squeeze in physical activity or extra movement at work to stay fit and reenergize. (Photos.com)
Besides opting for the stairs instead of the elevator, it seems impossible to squeeze in physical activity or extra movement at work to stay fit and reenergize. (Photos.com)

Besides opting for the stairs instead of the elevator, it seems impossible to squeeze in physical activity or extra movement at work to stay fit and reenergize. But with a little creativity, we can turn our cubicles into a private studio for ten minutes a day for some deep core toning.

These intense core exercises will give you a new appreciation for your office furniture.

Modified Single Leg Triceps Pushup

Take two steps away from your desk and place your hands shoulder width apart on the edge of your desk.

Lift one leg back above the floor as you elongate the neck and engage the abdominals. Inhale as you bend your arms to lower yourself toward to the desk, keeping the elbows as close to the body as possible. Exhale as you straighten your arms back to the starting position.

Repeat 8 to 12 times, and then switch sides.

Modified Double Leg Extension

Sit on the middle of your chair with hands placed on the sides of the chair. Keep your thighs together. Lean back slightly, and maintain a neutral spine and relaxed shoulders.

Exhale as you use your abdominals to slowly pull your thighs up off the chair in a slow and controlled fashion. Slowly straighten your legs.

Inhale and bend at the knee. Slowly lower the feet back to the floor.

Repeat six to eight times for three sets.

Bicycle Chair

Sit on in the middle of your chair. Place hands on the sides of the chair. Keep thighs together. Lean back slightly, and maintain a neutral spine and relaxed shoulders.

Exhale as you use your abdominals to pull your legs up off the chair.

Inhale and exhale as you slowly alternate straightening one leg at a time, as if riding a bicycle.

Repeat 10 to 12 times for 2 sets.