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Simple standing desk exercises that make you feel even better

Millions of office workers have converted to a standing desk. They enjoy multiple benefits such as better circulation, reduced risk of diabetes and cancer, more calories burned than sitting and many more. 

Readydesk users are telling us that sitting now makes them feel lazy. That’s great to hear, but you can also stand too much. So whether you use a Readydesk or other affordable standing desk to stand at your computer, you’ll want to stretch out every so often to keep muscles warm and ready for action.

Here are our favorites:

Calf Raises 
For well-defined calves, raise your heels a few inches off the ground. Hold this position, and then slowly lower your heels back down. Do this exercise while standing at your desk—you may need to hold on for balance and support.  

Hamstring Curls 
While at your standing desk, bring one foot up to your butt, and then lower. Repeat 10-15 reps, then switch legs. This stretch strengthens hamstrings, which are susceptible to sports-related injuries.

Gluteal Squeeze 
This exercise is one you can do without drawing attention from your coworkers. While sitting or standing at your desk, contract your glutes and hold tight for three seconds. Relax. Contract again. Repeat throughout the day for a firmer, stronger backside. Alternate legs, or do simultaneously.

Side Lunges 
This move works your inner and outer thighs, glutes, and hips. Stand with your feet parallel, hip width apart. Step to the side, straightening one leg while bending the other. Hold your position for a few seconds, and then return to standing. Switch legs and repeat.   

Shoulder Stretch 
Release tension and reduce back pain with this move. Stretch one arm across your chest, and bring your other arm under and in front of it. Pull your arms close to your chest and hold. Reverse the stretch and repeat.  

A standing workstation gives you ample space to make office exercise part of your daily routine. Check out Readydesk standing desk converters to make your day healthier.