I am office bound for 10 hours a day working at a computer. As I am off skiing this season, are there any exercises that will help my leg muscles I can do whilst sitting at my desk?


Here are a few quick and easy ones that will help your strength:

  • Squats will be the most useful. Not exactly at your desk, but you can definitely do it next to your desk.
  • Seated leg raises. Keeping your legs straight, hold the side of the chair and raise and lower your legs
  • Calf raises. Put your weight on your toes and lift yourself up. You don't need to raise far, just get your heels a couple of centimetres off the ground
  • Standing up. Every opportunity you get, stand up. Simple, but useful
  • Use the stairs. A lot. Don't go near the lift ever again

These will all help - but nothing office-based will really cover off the fitness requirements fully, especially cardio so I'd suggest using the gym, swimming or running as further exercise.

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    These are good for walkers too - you can also have a balled up coat or jumper between your knees, squeeze it together, then relax, and repeat.
    – Aravona
    Oct 24 '14 at 10:42
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    @Rory: +1 for Use the stairs. A lot. Don't go near the lift ever again
    – WedaPashi
    Oct 30 '14 at 12:15

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