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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 48: Neck exercises for weary accountants

These exercises will help alleviate the muscle tension in the neck, shoulders, and back that comes from sitting for many long hours at a desk. Each of these exercises is done while you are seated at your desk.

Day 47: Tax Book Press

Fitness expert Cindy Whitmarsh, who has been sharing tips and exercises with us this spring, has designed some exercises designed specifically for tax accountants. Today's exercise finds a new use for your heavy tax books!

Day 46: The Chair Low Back Stretch

Today's stretching exercise is a quick way to reduce tension in the low back and is perfect for a mini-break during the day.

Day 45: Thigh exercises

Today's exercises work the thighs, those parts of the legs that you sit on, all day long. You can actually do these exercises and keep working at the same time. Multitasking at its best!

Day 44: Chair Twists

Today's exercise is a Yoga exercise, and, as usual, you can perform this exercise right at your desk, with no special equipment and with no change of clothes.

Day 43: Chair jogging

Take this four minute energy break and you'll feel like you're ready to start the second eight hours of your busy-season work day. At the very least, you'll raise the eyebrows of people passing by your office.

Day 42: Drinking clean water

Today's fitness tip is a health tip instead of an exercise, so visit the daily fitness exercise library to pick out some stretchy exercises to do while you read this tip.

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 38: Arm Curls

Remember, if you don't have weights – get creative and find something heavy around your office that you can use instead. Some weight alternatives might include canned goods, water bottles filled with sand, bean bags (you can make them out of old socks – as long as the socks don't have holes!).

Day 37: The Quadriceps Stretch

The Quadriceps Stretch is a great way to reduce the tension and improve the flexibility in the front of the thigh. With this exercise, you will notice an immediate decrease in your overall tension level.

Day 36: Ab, chair knee tucks

Here's a new exercise from fitness guru Cindy Whitmarsh. In this exercise, you not only can work on sculpting your abs, but you can wake up your body!

Day 34: Office aerobics

The WebMD Web site suggests that just because you’re stuck in an office, that doesn’t mean you can’t get up from your desk and get your heart beating. Here are five minutes’ worth of quick and easy ideas for little aerobics exercises you can work into your daily late-afternoon pick-me-up. (If you’re wearing high heels, you’ll probably want to slip them off before you start jumping and running in your office!).

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 32: Pushups on desk

Today's exercise, sent to us from fitness professional Cindy Whitmarsh, is great to break up tension in your neck and build strength in your upper body.

Day 31: This-work-is-a-pain-in-the-abs stretch

Strengthen your abs while sitting right at your desk! What could be more fun that that? Both of these exercises can be done at your desk and should only require a total of about two minutes.

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.

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