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Did you know that medical experts recommend a minimum of 30 minutes daily for exercise? With the mad hustle of Nigerian life, exercising consistently can pose a challenge, with us still figuring out an effective work-life balance.  Fortunately, all hope is not lost with these simple “deskercise” activities, that is, exercises you can do at work, that we found online. For maximum results, choose a favourite and stay consistent.   Exercise #1 Count from 1 to 30 while pumping your two arms above your head and tapping your feet quickly. Do this repeatedly 3–5 times. Exercise #2 While seated, extend your legs forward and leave straight for two seconds. Raise both as high as you can, suspending them in the air for two seconds. Do this repeatedly about 20 times. Exercise #3 Have a quick jog around your work desk. For higher impact, raise your knees as much as possible. Exercise #4 With your palms placed on the edge of your chair and your legs stretched in front of you, lift your body up slowly and return to a squatting position. Do this repeatedly about 10 times. Exercise #5 This works best if you have a swivel chair – simply sit up in your chair with arms extended and hold on to the edge of your desk. Now, use your abdominal core to swivel from left to right. Exercise #6 March on the spot with your body bent forward at about 45 degrees. Then, swing your hands behind you repeatedly, extending your elbows as if you’re lifting weights. Exercise #7 Repeatedly step from side to side as you wave your hands in the air. Do this about 15 times. Exercise #8 Raise both shoulders up to your ear level and hold up for 5 seconds. Do this repeatedly 15 times.   Hope these help. For more health tips, subscribe to our daily newsletter.   Source: Greatist  

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This article was first published on 20th October 2015


Ify Halim is a Writer and media enthusiast based in Lagos. She enjoys writing self-help/inspirational articles with published work in UYD Magazine, Edufrica, Our Stories Inc. and The Keele Concourse. She currently works at, Nigeria’s Information Portal. Follow her on Twitter @MissHalim or visit her online space at

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