5 Ab Exercises You Can Do in the Office

Who says you are too busy to exercise when you can do it at work? Yes, you can actually work those muscles in the comfort of your office. All you need is your office chair and you’re on your way to shedding those fats away. But just like any fitness routines, you need to warm yourself up and observe stretching beforehand. So, get ready to grab those chairs and office mates:

1. Sit-ups

Place your hands, while observing shoulder width distance on the seat of the chair and step back with both feet similar to a plank position. Engage your core as you lift your hips up and down lightly. Sit ups help you strengthen and tighten your core while building abdominal muscles. Do this routine with the aid of your chair at least 10 reps for 3 sets.

2. Knee Lifts

Sit on the chair’s edge and place your hands on the side, bend your knees and slightly lean back. Pull your knees in the direction of your chest and crunch using your abs. As your legs are lifted up, slowly lower your feet, making sure they’re not touching the floor and repeat the routine at least 10 times. Make this exercise slow yet controlled, and remember to observe proper breathing during execution.

3. Pull Ups

Before you do this exercise, make sure your office chair has no wheels otherwise, it’s not advisable to do this. Start your position by placing your hands on the armrest of the chair and slowly lift yourself up. Remember to engage your core, draw strength from your abs to pull your lower body. Hold this position for two seconds or as long as you can then go back to sitting form.

4. Oblique Crunch

Sit up straight on the chair with feet planted on the ground. Place your hands at the back of your head and lift your one knee, near chest-level and simultaneously twist your torso while moving your elbow close to the lifted knee. Do the same on the other side. Continue the routine back and forth, repeating at least 10 times.

5. Side Bends

This exercise also works on your oblique. Sit up straight and extend one arm up straight above your head as you bend to the opposite side. Allow your other arm hang on your side while holding this position. Slowly move back to the starting post and repeat on the other side. If you want to add challenge, you can hold a bottle of water in your hand.

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