Sneaky Leg-Toning Exercises You Can Do in a Chair

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4/25/2012 6:00 AM   :  28 comments   :  25,267 Views

Just because you sit at a desk all day doesn't mean that you can't squeeze in a little fitness.  There are a lot of sneaky ways you can work your muscles while sitting in a chair—without anyone even noticing. (OK, with some of these ideas they might notice your covert attempts to exercise, but they won't think you're a total weirdo, I promise.)

Check out these simple leg-toners you can do from a chair--no equipment required.
 

 
Do you try to exercise from your desk or chair? What are some of your favorite sneaky (or not so sneaky) seated workout moves?





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  • 28
    I do them and I don't care if anyone sees, I am forever trying to find ways to stretch and get in some exercise at my desk. I work in a physiotherapy clinic therefore I don't look so out of place and if I did so what? I can't help it if i want to show my awesomeness LOL - 6/17/2014   12:05:26 PM
  • 27
    I just tried the exercises at my desk. I can really feel it, and no one even noticed. What a great idea! Thanks coach Nicole. - 5/23/2012   1:37:04 PM
  • 26
    Thanks Nicole for the ideas! - 5/6/2012   5:29:40 PM
  • POWERJA
    25
    Awesome workout while sitting! Who knew we could workout while sitting, on the job! Lol - 4/28/2012   5:37:20 PM
  • 24
    Thanks! I'm posting this next to my desk. - 4/26/2012   6:17:32 PM
  • 23
    Just completed these exercises. I can really feal it it in my hips. Adding it to pinterest so I don't forget to do them. - 4/26/2012   3:06:49 PM
  • 22
    These are great! I have mobility issues due to cancer so I can't do a lot of exercising on my feet. - 4/26/2012   2:15:19 PM
  • RAIDERS4EVER
    21
    too awesome!!!! Thank you for the insight
    - 4/26/2012   1:04:06 PM
  • JULIA1154
    20
    I do squeeze in a few moves while working at my desk and can feel the difference in my level of focus and alertness throughout the day from doing so. I also work standing at my desk periodically and try to remember to march in place if I'm on a conference call. It all adds up! - 4/26/2012   12:58:42 PM
  • 19
    Ha, those are really sneaky core exercise too! You really have to tighten the core to sit on the edge of the chair and do those exercises properly. - 4/26/2012   11:26:31 AM
  • HEALTHYBOOMER
    18
    These are great Nicole!
    I also recommend using a Bluetooth or speaker phone when at work and every time you talk on the phone, get up and walk around your desk, or do a few lunges or wall push-ups. The lunges and push-ups build lean muscle which burns twelve times more calories than fat does!
    The important thing is to keep exercising all day long! - 4/26/2012   11:13:27 AM
  • LARSEN_84
    17
    Great exercise to do at work. THanks - 4/26/2012   10:42:31 AM
  • 16
    these are easy for me, love adding new exercises to my routine, thanks Coach Nicole! - 4/26/2012   10:20:59 AM
  • PEANUT9157
    15
    These exercises will be very good for me to do. I am recovering from a broken
    ankle and I have been trying to figure out some different ways to exercise sitting down in a chair. Thanks for the video! You made my day! - 4/26/2012   8:41:16 AM
  • 14
    I do these at work. It helps because I have restless leg syndrome.. Donna - 4/26/2012   5:23:46 AM
  • 13
    I do these. Or rather, variations of these. I also point and flex so that my calves don't get too accustomed to being flat or pointed, as I also wear a variety of shoes. I have to do a lot of sitting exercised because I spend so much time on my computer doing schoolwork :/ - 4/26/2012   3:24:49 AM
  • 12
    Nice Nicole! - 4/25/2012   7:51:50 PM
  • 11
    Paul Eugene on YouTube has several good "Chair" exercise workouts. Many older people find them helpful. - 4/25/2012   5:38:39 PM
  • 10
    Love it, thanks! - 4/25/2012   3:15:13 PM
  • THEMOTIVATOR1
    9
    I sit on s sturdy desk, lean back slightly and do those types of ab exercises. Leaning back a little further makes them tougher to do - 4/25/2012   2:54:19 PM
  • 8
    Very good! - 4/25/2012   2:14:59 PM
  • DWHARLOW
    7
    Wow! I can't wait to try these. - 4/25/2012   12:32:38 PM
  • CATRIPL
    6
    What great ideas. I never would have thought of those. Thanks! - 4/25/2012   11:00:36 AM
  • 5
    You can really feel the muscles at work in these simple steps. Ok Coach Nicole, I hear ya... NO EXCUSES NOT TO MOVE MORE!!!

    Thank you! - 4/25/2012   10:20:01 AM
  • 1GNPARKER
    4
    I do this a lot while I'm sitting at the computer. My legs are never still lol. - 4/25/2012   8:56:38 AM
  • 3
    love it, n it's so simple. im all about keepin it simple these days. - 4/25/2012   8:16:45 AM
  • 2
    I'll work these in during the day. I often take 5 minute yoga breaks to stretch--especially the hammies. - 4/25/2012   8:16:01 AM
  • TERRYGLORIA
    1
    Great idea. Will do at home as well. - 4/25/2012   7:10:37 AM

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