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Day 61: Chair Yoga - Remembering to breathe!

There is nothing better than integrating Yoga into your daily routine to center and refocus you during your workday. Throughout the day you may start building tension in your back and neck, maybe due to stress or because you are working at a computer doing repetitive motion in a stationary position for long periods of time.
Workplace Fitness

Day 56: Desk chair knee-bends

Every time you bend over to pick up one of those client files that are stacked in piles around your office, you can think of this exercise. Squats can tone muscles throughout your legs, abs, and lower back, and also increase flexibility.

Day 51: Calves at work

The name of today's exercise refers not to a herd of small cattle chasing weary accountants down the halls, like a miniature version of the running of the bulls in Pamplona, but to a small workout for the lower part of your legs.

Day 49: Laptop Bag Bend

Today's exercise requires the use of a weight that you can hold in both your hands. A briefcase or laptop bag will work perfectly, as will a pair of dumbbells or anything else you can find around the office that's got a bit of substance to it.

Day 41: Seated hamstring and hip stretch

Today's exercise, courtesy of fitness expert Cindy Whitmarsh, will take about three minutes. This exercise is great for stretching hips and hamstrings and will help relieve sciatic pain from sitting too long!

Day 40: Leaning leg extensions

Today's exercise comes from the Office Chair Workout plan on the Web site, EmpowerWomenNow, but rest assured the exercise is good for both men and women. The exercises on this site are designed to invigorate the entire body.

Day 39: Resistance Band Side Steps

Although the activity of this exercise is focused around your ankles, the side step exercise actually works on your abdominal muscles, buttocks, and thighs as well as your leg muscles.

Day 33: Stair Climbers

Stair Climbers provide cardiovascular conditioning, such as normalized blood pressure, better circulation, and decreased serum cholesterol, increased metabolism to help maintain a healthy body weight, improved leg and hip strength, and improved mental functioning, including better concentration, improved mood, decreased stress, and more restful sleep.

Day 30: Magic Carpet Ride and Wooden Leg

Today we are poking around the Web for some quick exercises to add to our library. MSNBC.com published an article today on exercises you can do at your desk, and here are two suggestions.

Day 25: Hamstring stretch

A study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that just one 30-second stretch three times a week can significantly lengthen hamstrings, an important finding for desk workers whose legs are bent for most of the day, leaving hamstrings in a shortened position.

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