By Alexis Wolfer

According to a study conducted by IBM, the cumulative time that New York City office workers spent stuck in elevators in the past 12 months totaled 5.9 years!

Whether you’re actually stuck in a stopped elevator, or just spend a seemingly absurd amount of time in the elevator on a day-to-day basis, we figured there had to be a better way to spend that time. And since cell phone reception and emailing abilities are often severely hampered while in the lift, your business duties will have to wait. And heck, it’s not all that often you get time for yourself anyway, so why not utilize it to focus on you and your body!

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Sure, you could do jumping jacks, run in place or squat your way stronger but, assuming you don’t want to break a sweat in your office’s elevator, we turned to Chicago-based personal trainer Stephanie Mansour for some elevator stretches you can do to get your body moving, without creating a not-so-sexy sheen!

Upper Body. Clasp your hands behind your back, opening your chest and shoulders. Roll your shoulders back and reach your arms away from your back, keeping your hands clasped.

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Lower Legs. Stand facing a wall in the elevator and, like you are going to step on the wall, flex your foot so your heel is on the ground and your toes are up on the wall. Lean into the wall to stretch your calves and lower legs. Alternate your feet.

Upper Legs. Stand facing the wall and place your right foot about 3 feet in front of your left foot. Place your hands on the wall and then walk your hands down the wall, folding over your right leg to stretch your hamstrings. Switch legs and repeat.

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