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Sneak Some Chair Exercises In

How many times have you been at work and realized that you are standing there needing to wait for something? How about taking some time and a chair and trying a few reps of chair exercises?  These 3 simple moves work your lower body and benefit your legs and your rear!

Grab a Chair

Squat Calf Raise

Stand behind your chair and touch the backrest with your hands lightly. With your weight on your toes and lower your hips similar to a squat position. Have your legs bent at the knees around 90 degrees. Stand up on your tiptoes as high as you can without changing the squat position of your hips or knees and hold that for one second. Lower your heels, then repeat. Reps of 25 times.

Leg Lift

While sitting on the edge of the chair have your legs bent at the knees 90 degrees and your feet flat on the floor. Hold the armrest of the chair with your hands for added support. Next, lean back, but keep your back straight. Lift both your legs upward toward your chest while maintaining your legs bend at the knees. Next lower both your legs to the floor. Reps of 30 times.

Plié Squat

Stand behind your chair with your feet wider than shoulder-width apart. Grip the chair back lightly with one hand. Be sure you point your toes outward and be sure to stack your shoulders over your hips. Next,
bend your knees. Allow your knees to track over your toes and move slow lowering your hips toward the floor. Go to a comfortable level where your thighs are parallel to the floor. Press through your heels, squeeze your rear, and return to a standing position. Keep your spine straight and posture upright during this pilé squat. Reps of 25 times.

These moves are possible anywhere you have a chair. Make use of the time for a few workout moves.  Later you can try triceps dips, planks, Russian twists, and chair lifts. Maybe you will invent your own too!

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