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(Mother Nature Network)   Five chair exercises you can do at work to keep in shape. All you need is a chair and no sense of pride   (mnn.com) divider line 49
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2012-10-03 08:43:18 AM
And a spot at the Republican National Convention?
 
2012-10-03 08:47:40 AM

I_Am_Weasel: And a spot at the Republican National Convention?


It must be why Eastwood looks so fit at 72.
 
2012-10-03 10:23:19 AM
No sense of pride or no sense of dignity?
 
2012-10-03 10:25:26 AM
Just don't get your nutsack caught.
 
2012-10-03 10:25:48 AM
Step 1--- Don't farking exercise while hanging onto a chair with wheels on it.
 
2012-10-03 10:26:29 AM
all those make me fart.
 
2012-10-03 10:27:50 AM
You'll get plenty of exercise clearing your cube or office, when the safety officers catches you doing this. Just do your Kegel exercises at work and safe the rest for the gym.
 
2012-10-03 10:28:26 AM
Might want to use a chair that won't immediately roll away from you, dumping you to the floor.
 
2012-10-03 10:28:34 AM
Luxury. I don't even have a chair.
 
2012-10-03 10:28:49 AM
I do 12 oz. latte curls.
 
2012-10-03 10:29:36 AM

JackieRabbit: Just do your Kegel exercises at work and save the rest for the gym.


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2012-10-03 10:31:04 AM
There's the embarrassment of a coworker observing you doing this, then there's the embarrassment of eating it when you realize the hard way that office chairs are designed to roll with minimal encouragement

/think I'll wait for the gym after work
 
2012-10-03 10:31:42 AM
those pics made me horny
 
2012-10-03 10:31:56 AM

cryinoutloud: Step 1--- Don't farking exercise while hanging onto a chair with wheels on it.


Oh, for - really? Yes, people, please DO exercise while hanging onto a wheeled chair. The Darwin Awards need nominees.
 
2012-10-03 10:32:10 AM

JackieRabbit: You'll get plenty of exercise clearing your cube or office, when the safety officers catches you doing this. Just do your Kegel exercises at work and safe the rest for the gym.


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2012-10-03 10:33:29 AM

cryinoutloud: Step 1--- Don't farking exercise while hanging onto a chair with wheels on it.


Using a wheeled chair will help strengthen your stabilizer muscles.
 
2012-10-03 10:34:09 AM
I just take the stairs from my 4th floor office throughout the day. I'm to lazy to walk to the elevator.
 
2012-10-03 10:34:42 AM
 
2012-10-03 10:35:13 AM
When are people going to realize they need to EXERCISE.

Not take a 5 minute break to do "chair exercises"

And NO excuses about "i'm too busy". You're not too busy to eat right? Well exercise is just as necessary and should be thought of that way.

Oh and gardening and mall walking don't count unless you're 70+.
 
2012-10-03 10:35:46 AM
Chair? Check.
No Pride? Check.
No Dignity? Check.
I should be in shape in no time!
Not incredibly lazy? Oh, now I see where the problem might be.


/Gave up pride, dignity, and shame years ago.
//They were just getting in the way
 
2012-10-03 10:36:05 AM

URAPNIS: cryinoutloud: Step 1--- Don't farking exercise while hanging onto a chair with wheels on it.
Using a wheeled chair will help strengthen your stabilizer muscles.


"Stabilizer muscles?" Is that the name of the pulley system they hook you up to while your broken bones are healing?
 
2012-10-03 10:36:19 AM
You don't need a chair to do squats, pushups or lunges. I can see some usefulness for the other two.
 
2012-10-03 10:38:44 AM
That's be a nice accident report.

"How did you break your nose?"

"Well, I was doing pushups on my wheeled chair and it slipped out from under me..."
 
2012-10-03 10:39:14 AM

trappedspirit: No sense of pride or no sense of dignity?


No sense of dignity - yes
No Pride - Yes
No sense of pride - what???
 
2012-10-03 10:39:28 AM
You could also just try to get up and walk around for 5-10 minutes a few times a day, take the stairs, and save your workout for home or the gym.
 
2012-10-03 10:40:03 AM
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Or you could just get an Ab Belt. Work on some rock-hard abs without even getting out of the chair.
 
2012-10-03 10:41:51 AM

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2012-10-03 10:42:38 AM

Christian Bale: When are people going to realize they need to EXERCISE.

Not take a 5 minute break to do "chair exercises"


I'd put more stock in "4 minute chair exercises combined with proper portions in diet" than "lots of exercise but overeating as well"... as far as losing weight is concerned
 
2012-10-03 10:46:55 AM
let's not forget kegel exercises - no one will even know">

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2012-10-03 10:47:08 AM
In other news, desk chair sales jump on news existing chairs keep breaking from people doing said exercises
 
2012-10-03 10:52:48 AM
One non-chair exercise you can do: get the f*ck outta your chair and take a walk.
 
2012-10-03 10:53:23 AM

RobFMJ: There's the embarrassment of a coworker observing you doing this, then there's the embarrassment of eating it when you realize the hard way that office chairs are designed to roll with minimal encouragement


That's what usb cables are for.
 
2012-10-03 10:56:08 AM

Leopold Stotch: You don't need a chair to do squats, pushups or lunges. I can see some usefulness for the other two.

 
2012-10-03 10:57:58 AM
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2012-10-03 10:59:16 AM

Christian Bale: When are people going to realize they need to EXERCISE.

Not take a 5 minute break to do "chair exercises"

And NO excuses about "i'm too busy". You're not too busy to eat right? Well exercise is just as necessary and should be thought of that way.

Oh and gardening and mall walking don't count unless you're 70+.


I try to remind people that there is someone more busy than them that is still in better shape.

Some people get it; some just get angry at it.
 
2012-10-03 11:05:20 AM

Electric_Banana: That's be a nice accident report.

"How did you break your nose?"

"Well, I was doing pushups on my wheeled chair and it slipped out from under me..."


The accident report people on any sizable site hear "I was doing (I was doing stupid thing) on rolling chair" several times per month. It's not news to them that you are an idiot.

What nobody can figure out is why people get offended when you tell them that more office injuries are caused by those chairs than by just about anything else, and they really shouldn't stand on the damn things.
 
2012-10-03 11:09:01 AM
Do people really believe that they can "get in shape" by doing a few minutes worth of exercise two or three times a day?
 
2012-10-03 11:15:31 AM

Litig8r: Do people really believe that they can "get in shape" by doing a few minutes worth of exercise two or three times a day?


Yes, and by shape they mean round.
 
2012-10-03 11:28:51 AM
Fap = exercise?
 
2012-10-03 11:31:02 AM

cefm: Fap = exercise?


It certainly can be, after I've been drinking.
 
2012-10-03 11:40:40 AM
proteus_b
Christian Bale:
When are people going to realize they need to EXERCISE.
Not take a 5 minute break to do "chair exercises"

I'd put more stock in "4 minute chair exercises combined with proper portions in diet" than "lots of exercise but overeating as well"... as far as losing weight is concerned


Yeah, that assumes that losing weight or "working out" are the point of the exercise; which, in all fairness, seems to be what the article is going for.

But if you're working at a computer all day and you want to avoid farking up your neck, shoulders and back, then a few breaks with certain exercises can be good.
If you work with people who have similar jobs they'll likely have the same problems and know what you're doing or if they don't, you show them.
CSB:
For example, when a coworker started doing some office exercises her physio had shown her, I knew most of them and had a few more (having had some treatment before plus been dating a physio therapist for years)
The other three 20-something programmers in our office displayed a mildly amused curiosity, but there was no need for embarrassment after they repeated a couple of things that made them hear their own tensed up muscles crack and notice an improvement.
 
2012-10-03 11:54:02 AM

The Voice of Doom: proteus_b
Christian Bale: When are people going to realize they need to EXERCISE.
Not take a 5 minute break to do "chair exercises"

I'd put more stock in "4 minute chair exercises combined with proper portions in diet" than "lots of exercise but overeating as well"... as far as losing weight is concerned

Yeah, that assumes that losing weight or "working out" are the point of the exercise; which, in all fairness, seems to be what the article is going for.

But if you're working at a computer all day and you want to avoid farking up your neck, shoulders and back, then a few breaks with certain exercises can be good.
If you work with people who have similar jobs they'll likely have the same problems and know what you're doing or if they don't, you show them.
CSB:
For example, when a coworker started doing some office exercises her physio had shown her, I knew most of them and had a few more (having had some treatment before plus been dating a physio therapist for years)
The other three 20-something programmers in our office displayed a mildly amused curiosity, but there was no need for embarrassment after they repeated a couple of things that made them hear their own tensed up muscles crack and notice an improvement.


Fair enough, and while I'm sure that will help with mobility and general comfort, I can't see it doing much long term to change anyone's overall health or fitness. I put it in the same category as the group of secretaries at work who put on their sneakers and walk briskly around the parking lot after lunch. Sure, it feels nice and it'll loosen you up, but its a complete waste of time in terms of "real" exercise. To actually see a substantial benefit people need to make radical changes in how much they eat (much more important than what they eat) and to exercise hard enough to burn material amounts of fuel during exercise and build more muscle to increase their basal metabolic rate going forward. A gentle half hour walk or a few bodyweight squats aren't going to do that. Aerobic exercise to exhaustion will. Anaerobic intervals will. Progressive overload weightlifting will.
 
2012-10-03 12:30:29 PM

Leopold Stotch: You don't need a chair to do squats, pushups or lunges. I can see some usefulness for the other two.


I try to get in 50 or 60 air squats and push ups a day at the office. Just take 30 seconds every time you get up to (insert reason).

Litig8r: Fair enough, and while I'm sure that will help with mobility and general comfort, I can't see it doing much long term to change anyone's overall health or fitness.


Joint mobility is a key component in both overal health and fitness. We were built to move all day everyday. See http://www.mobilitywod.com/ for some ways you can start making your body feel like it's 20 again.
 
2012-10-03 12:34:06 PM

mdeesnuts: Joint mobility is a key component in both overal health and fitness. We were built to move all day everyday. See http://www.mobilitywod.com/ for some ways you can start making your body feel like it's 20 again.


I know :) I love that site.

The point I was trying to convey was that light mobility exercises, alone, aren't going to make someone fit.
 
2012-10-03 12:40:46 PM
Litig8r
Fair enough, and while I'm sure that will help with mobility and general comfort, I can't see it doing much long term to change anyone's overall health or fitness.


As I said, it depends on why you're doing it.
And you can "actually see a substantial benefit" from those things and for me "mobility and general comfort" are a considerable subset of "overall health". 


For example, my bicycle is my main form of transportation and as aerobic exercise with the occasional anaerobic interval (climbing up a hill), all that riding is probably good for my overall health and fitness. But for being able to turn my head enough to look back over my shoulder at the cars coming up behind me, the little neck and shoulder exercises during long hours of programming will do a lot more.
 
2012-10-03 01:30:40 PM
Aside from the dips, you don't need the chair to do any of those. Chair lunges? Seriously?
 
2012-10-03 02:45:30 PM
Eh, just rid of the chair altogether and have a standing desk. A lot of research shows it's very beneficial. Certainly better than sitting for 8 hours and doing 5 minuter of chair squats.

/subby: because it takes a lot of pride to be an out of shape obese slob?
 
2012-10-03 05:23:13 PM
 
2012-10-04 07:08:34 AM

The Voice of Doom: Yeah, that assumes that losing weight or "working out" are the point of the exercise; which, in all fairness, seems to be what the article is going for.


wasn't the article titled "how to lose belly fat"?

of course there are more reasons to work out than to lose weight, you make a good point...
 
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