3 Exercises you can do in the Office
One of the biggest complaints people have when talking about exercise is that they don’t have the time. Deep down we know it is more of an excuse than a complaint, but we won’t admit that to just anybody.
If you're stuck in an office here’s a few ideas for making use of time during the day, although we can’t guarantee you wont get strange looks from your colleagues :)
For any type of physical activity and exercise to make a difference, it needs to be done regularly and routinely. If you work in an office environment, your working hours may genuinely not allow for time during the day to get down to the gym or attend a fitness class. And lets face it, in the evening after a long day, it is a certifiable luxury to do a class and sweat out the stress of the day.
Barre Attack combines all the fundamental aspects of ballet, fitness and Pilates, giving you a full body workout that will increase your stability, core strength and posture. We’ve had a look through the extensive repertoire and chosen a few moves you can take right to the office with you.
Here are 5 Exercises you can do in your Office:
Step one foot forwards into a lunge, straighten the legs as you step back into parallel, alternate sides. Move the arms in opposition to the legs. Remember to keep your core connected, your back straight and legs in parallel. Try to do 10 each side. (Warning — definitely not an exercise to perform in tight clothing!)
In the barre class we would use an elastic attached to the barre but you can use an office chair for this one. Keep your back as close to the chair as possible, keep your knees bent and feet on the ground, as you do a standard dip movement. Try to do 10 Reps and straighten your legs for a greater challenge. (Warning — do not use a chair with wheels!)
Plies in First
Direct from Barre Attack. Stand side on to a table or a barre, if you have one in your office :). Place your feet in first position (so heels together and feet facing out at 45 degrees), one hand on the table and the other in second position, that is, out straight from your side parallel to the floor. Bend the knees, straighten the knees, rise onto the toes, lower the heels. Do at least 10 reps then change sides.
Remember to keep your knees in line with the toes. Draw the inside thighs together when you straighten the knees and keep the connection as you rise and lower the heels. If anyone asks just say you’re thinking about joining the ballet
These aren't directly part of Barre Attack but they are a good way to tone your legs. Choose a large wall with space to slide down into a squat, using the wall for support for your back. Do at least 5–10 Reps. Keep one leg out straight if you want a bit more of a challenge. (Warning — Remember to have your excuse ready when the boss comes along and asks why you’re using your butt to clean the wall!)
Like the image, use a chair for support. Lift your back let into an arabesque position. That means keep the back leg straight and the foot pointed. Keep your core engaged, your other foot flat on the ground and lift the back leg in small pulses. Do this for at least 10 reps and swap sides.
Barre Attack is a really fun way to get fit, stay in shape and increase your confidence while making you feel sexy and toned. And when you cannot get to a class you can always impress your co-workers with some great dance moves.
Want some more ideas? Check out the Barre Attack @Home online barre classes.