You want a strong stomach (who doesn’t?) and know that a sturdy core is essential for protecting your lower back. Unfortunately, your job doesn’t really afford you the opportunity to work from plank-pose or conference while doing crunches. Luckily, you can still strengthen your stomach, even if you are tied to your desk all day. Depending on the privacy of your office space (and your self-confidence!), give these belly-busting moves a try. You don’t even need sneakers (let alone a pricey gym membership).
If you have a private office:
In a sturdy chair, sit up straight with your feet flat on the floor. Crisscross your arms over your chest and (similar to the movement you would make to do a crunch on the floor) bend your chest down and out towards your knees until you feel your abdominals tightening. Return to starting position and repeat. Just be sure to keep your arms below shoulder height.
If you’re in a cubicle:
Sitting in your chair, start by leaning back slightly with a straight back. Holding on to the chair’s arms or seat for stability, tighten your abdominals while lifting your knees towards your chest. Lower your feet back to the floor and repeat.
If your desk is highly visible:
Sit with your feet flat on the floor and your back straight up against the back of your chair. Squeeze your abdominals as hard as you can, as if you’re trying to touch your belly button to the back of the chair. Hold in for 10 seconds before releasing. Repeat as many times as you can.
Work just took on a whole new meaning for your stomach.