20 Simple Desk Exercises for Deskbound People

Just came across

this great post!

….Not everyone has the time to make it to the gym during their lunch break. But just because you can’t get out of the office (or your cubicle) doesn’t mean that you can’t get some exercise, or “deskercize” during the day. Here are some suggestions for web workers who want to get a work out and get their work done at the same time.

1. Buns of steel
Exercise at your deskNo, you don’t need a shiny lycra bodysuit or big hair to do this popular glute workout. All you have to do tighten and squeeze your buttocks, hold five to ten seconds, and release. Repeat these squeezes 8-10 times, as many times during the day as you feel up to, and notice your newfound buns of steel in just a few weeks.

2. Upper back stretch
The upper back can be a place where tension accumulates throughout the day. By taking just a few seconds to stretch it out, you can release tension and work your muscles. What you need to do is extend your arms in front of you, grab onto your wrist with the other hand and gently pull your arms forward as you round your upper back. Hold it for twenty seconds and then switch sides.

3. Body lift
This is a really easy one. Just place your hands on the arms of your desk chair and lift yourself up. Repeat (if you can).

4. Chair squats
This is another simple “deskercize” as it simulates a motion we’re all pretty used to: standing up and sitting down. To do the “chair squat”, place a chair behind you and stand in front of it with your feet shoulder-width apart. Bend your knees and squat toward your chair until you’re hovering just over it. Hold it for a second, then stand back up. You can do this throughout the day, or just try to hover each time you sit down.

5. Cherry picking
This exercise can help release tension in your upper body and looks just like it sounds. Stretch your arms up, one at a time, as high as you can, as if reaching to pick fruit out of a tree. Repeat 10 times, alternating sides as you go along…..MORE…..

Some super ideas there!



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My child the rock star, her mother the Barry Manilow fan

I still

cannot fathom the following.

I am a logical, calm, dignified, utterly awesome mom with phenomenal musical taste. After all, Barry Manilow rules! Followed closely by, Maynard Ferguson, Chuck Mangione, the track of West Side Story and the like.

But! My utterly brilliant child….loves hard rock.

I have no idea where her genes got so, ahem, screwed up! While I will not allow rap into my house, I can’t find a real reason to forbid rock….and actually, as said kid uses it as a way to express herself, I’m rather proud that she’s forging her own path.

It would be so easy to try and change her…but if there’s one thing my 4 decades have taught me, it’s:

Better a spirit that rebounds….rather than one that breaks.

This is the kid, mind you, who had her hair streaked red on a whim. The kid whose favorite colors are black. The kid who is a straight A student, and the kid who always is open to learning from my experiences. Talk about a unique combination of qualities.

Parenting….it’s a hero’s journey. :)


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7 Reasons Why Your Diet Will Ultimately Fail

Did you know that 95%

of people who go on a diet fail? Are you one of those 5 out of 100 who will succeed? Read these examples below and find out!

7). Your “diet” is less than 1,200 calories per day. Deprive your body of the base calorie requirement to function at your weight, and it will think, OMIGOSH I’m starving, let me embrace every fat deposit I can find.

6.) Your “diet” consists of pre-packaged meals. You’re not learning how to be healthy, you’re simply following rules. When you get tired of the price your prepackaged meals cost, you’ll be back to your bad eating habits once again.

5.) Your “diet” consists of meal replacement shakes. Can you imagine drinking your nutrients for the rest of your life? Once you get off them, the weight will fly back to your hips.

4.) Your “diet” has no foods in it you enjoy. You’re not a masochist; eventually you’ll say, to hell with this!

3.) Your “diet” is severely lacking in needed nutrients. Eventually your body will rebel, you’re crash and burn, and you’ll say, to hell with this!

2.) Your “diet” is only for 14 days or 18 days or 21 days or what have you. What do think will happen once you complete it if you haven’t learned how to eat healthy? You’re right – kiss those pounds a welcome once again.

And the number one reason why your diet will fail:

1). You’re on a diet and not a lifestyle change. If you return back to your previously unhealthy way of eating after your diet, of course you’ll gain back the weight quicker than a toddler scarfs down an ice cream cone



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Frightening Hollywood celebrity dieting tips from which you should run

Now this is downright scary

but it goes to show you how utterly unthinking people (in this case, celebrities) can be.

They may say they just have good genes, but you deserve to know: Many stars are jogging their butts off, and some resort to unsafe, even illegal weight-loss practices, say insiders. “To be fair, a lot of the top women are doing the right things: eating healthy and exercising, but not obsessively,” says Beverly Hills trainer Gunnar Peterson. “It’s the up-and-coming women who I often see starving and going to crazy extremes.” Here’s the silly stuff they’re doing — and the healthy, longer-lasting alternatives you should try instead.

They abuse laxative teas
“The big thing among teen actresses right now is dieter’s tea. It has a mild laxative effect. But many young girls are abusing it — drinking 10 cups a day…..

They do superexpensive liquid cleanses
“Once, a very young actress client of mine bought $3,000 worth of supplements from her doctor to do a cleanse. All she was allowed to have for two weeks were liquids and the vitamins she bought — no solid food……

They subsist on coffee & booze
“One client I had would stave off eating as long as she could — it was just coffee, coffee, coffee all day. Her organs were so stressed that when we trained together, I could literally hear her heart pounding away in her chest.

They misuse diet pills
“A musician who’d been taking an over-the-counter fat blocker came to see me. While on the drug, you can have bad side effects if you eat fatty foods, but she kept eating creamy pastas, ribs, you name it…..

They stay locked in the gym…
“There’s one singer-actress who works out at my gym for about five hours a day, even on weekends. She spent her birthday here…..

…and then lie about it
“I had one actress who trained with me and took six Spin classes a week. And all she ate was lettuce and Swedish Fish. When the press asked her how she’d ‘transformed’ her body, she said, ‘Oh, I do yoga and hike with my puppy.’ ….

They obsess over the tabloids
“Paparazzi deliberately try to catch celebs in unflattering moments. It can be devastating….MORE….

What do you think?



ps – Hollywood can have good things:

Swimming Noodle doubles as a foam roller!

I read the following on Diet Blog

about foam rollers:

….The sensation of rolling will range from a gentle pressure to somebody taking a jackhammer to your muscles. This will vary from one area to another. I keep having to tell my clients (and reminding myself) that the more you feel it, the more you need it. That said, do what you can tolerate and build from there.

Try using the foam after a cardio warm-up (and before your weight training) or at the end of your workout. Either replace or add these exercises to your regular stretches that you do already. Although it may feel slightly uncomfortable, my personal experience is that I feel much better afterward and so do my clients…MORE….

The page referred, Sport Fitness Advisor, gives some excellent free information – to wit,

Self myofascial release techniques (SMRT), although not new, have become more and more prominent amongst athletes and fitness enthusiasts alike.

Both allopathic and alternative Therapists have embraced the use of myofascial release massage to reduce chronic pain and rehabilitate a range of injuries. Some therapists claim a long list of benefits, from curing tennis elbow to IBS relief. While some claims may be contentious, it seems likely that many sports men and women can benefit from this regenerative therapy.

It’s important to understanding two key terms in order to appreciate how self myofascial release technique acts favourably on the body. They are ’fascia’ and ’trigger points’. Both are explored below before moving on to some sample self myofascial release exercises…..MORE…..

I loved reading about this! Months ago, my husband cut up one of our kids’ swimming noodles and attached it to his chair back. That worked so well, he made one for his car seat. That worked so peachy, he made one for sleeping!

Try it yourself! You can either spend big bucks, or just go to your local dollar store for a swimming noodle. In any event, it might help should you have back pains.



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Fitness Fountain of Youth hot tub spa, only a mere 40K!


I want one.

Plain and simple, I want one. :) You can Swim and Train and Stretch and Row and ….

…..Aquafit.jpgThe amazing Aquatic Fitness System, AFS, is more than just a swim spa. Use it to swim-in-place, of course. But you can also use it to walk, run, stretch, row, strength train and more! Speaking of swimming, the AFS serves as an exceptional training tool that you can use to help you teach your children how to swim.

Low-impact exercises strengthen, tone and shape your body while you’re suspended in buoyant weightlessness. Advanced aquatic engineering pampers and soothes. The AFS combines the benefits of a fitness center with the rejuvenation benefits of home hydrotherapy.

The AFS provides fun, fitness and relaxation for the whole family!…MORE….

If anyone wants to send me one, please, I shall graciously accept. :)



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Barbara Ling’s 10 tips for making family exercising fun

You know exercise is good for you

but how do you make it fun for your family? Try out these great tips I do with my own!

10.) Dance Dance Revolution. DDR (or Dance Dance Revolution) is a great way to bring all family members together. Even when it’s not your tun on the mat, you can practice the moves behind the family member who is currently participating! Kids of all ages adore this game, and parents too can have a blast with it.

9.) Add music! Do you have a favorite family CD that everyone loves to listen to? Get the kids together and tell them to make up their own exercise moves to it (the sillier the better!). Your children will try to outdo each other in making them laugh…which will make them exercise more. :)

8.) Go to Family Swim. Do you have a local YMCA? If so, did you know there’s family swim every day? My family goes there at least once a week and has a blast splashing in the kids’ pool with their parents.

7.) Make an Obstacle Course in your home. We live in a ranch house that has a staircase to the basement on either sides. I’ve set up obstacle courses that had things to jump over in the basement, things to dodge in the hallway, and things under which to crawl in the living room (you can hang a pole over two chairs for that, or use a bo-staff if you’re into martial arts). One by one, I’ll let the kids dash through the course, while their siblings cheer them on.

6.) Do a Family Walk! Back when I was starting my get-healthy plan, I began walking 2.4 miles around my home. Then I figured, why not have company? So I brought my kids along. The side benefit to this is that we have an hour of solid family time together, where we can talk about many things that happened during the day.

5.) Take karate as a family. Besides being a great skill for all kids to master, it’s a wonderful way to keep active. I’m the only mom who takes it with my kids at my dojo, and they’re quite proud of me. Never mess with Samurai Mom!

4.) Go roller skating. Talk about zooming! Roller skating is great tame fun (especially if the music is from the 70s!). And the added benefit is when summer rolls around…your kids will already have the skills to roller skate on the boardwalk.

3.) Put on fun exercise DVDs. Think Billy Blanks is just for adults? Your kids will try to outdo you in any exercise DVD you put on. My kids want to tell Billy, your DVDs are very painful and we love them. Gotta love kids.

2.) Have silly competitions. How many pushups can YOU do? How many jumping jacks will level your children? Challenge your kids to the last one standing; you’ll be surprised how far they’ll push themselves.

and the number 1 fun family exercise tip is:

1.) Be creative! Ask your kids for what they’d love to do if computers didn’t exist. Then see if you can recreate it at home. Quite often with a little bit of big huge minds, you’ll be able to make it happen as a family. The family that laughs together, lasts together.



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HEADSUP – Amazon.com will give 5 Wii game discount bargains tomorrow morning!!

You’ve heard it here first, folks:

On Friday, February 22, 2008, five Wii video games will be featured as the top five deals in the Amazon.com Gold Box. The identities of each deal will be revealed one at a time.

Here’s how it will work:

  • At 12:01 AM PST the first deal will be the Gold Box Deal of the Day. Its special discounted price will be available all day only on Friday, Feb. 22 (or until we run out.)
  • Starting at 6:00 AM PST, the second deal will be featured as a Lightning Deal. This special price will be available for the following four hours.
  • Each of the three remaining deals will also be Lightning Deals. Starting at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, and 6:00 PM PST, each deal will be available for four hours after it begins.
  • Discounts on each deal will be available only while supplies last.

Well, what are you waiting for?

Get the inside scoop HERE



Su-Ha Diet – Magic Breathing Diet!


I read on my favorite blog Diet-Blog the following post:

… “Su-Ha-breathing healthy diet is a diet. Want to diet, but do not know how” and “Abdominally healthy diet Law”. But what exactly is it?

Good question! So I decided to dig around online, and here’s what I found. This existed back in 2005! To wit:

Su Ha Magic Breathing Diet… The second gem I discovered – also in the same shop – is this Su-Ha diet device.

At first I thought this is a pez dispenser and didn’t understand how this product has anything to do with diet – giving you diet pez, maybe?

The description on the package says: To lose weight, suck air (hard) through this little device 30 times a day.

I can only imagine with the pain you go through to do this 30 times a day, you would be so ***** depressed with yourself that you simply would not want to eat (and possibly too tired) or breath anymore….MORE….

Do visit that page – you can also learn about the Magic Slim Mouth Piece! Strengthen your mouth! Really! Honestly!

I was able to find a Japanese page about it, and when translated (hold onto your seats here), it reads:

…Effect of スーハーダイエット

It extends the line of the backbone securely, in the attitude which pulled out the power of the shoulder gripping スーハーダイエット in the mouth, it inhales breath and 1 2 seconds stops and breath 吐 comes.

This time in order to make the stomach be dented, please have consciousness the stomach concentrate, finish to spit.

Applying the hand to the stomach not to be able to inflate the cheek, try to push out breath by power of the stomach.

In order this time, for the exhaust noise, shoe to come out, the fact that it spits is secret

This is repeated 30 times.

It can decrease the body fat
When it reaches the point where it can do the breath by the diaphragm momentum of the abdominal muscles becomes large, furthermore metabolism rises because the respiration rate becomes deep, becomes the body where the body fat is inflammable. It is the case that it rises body temperature by continuing, can decrease the body fat.

In order to burn the fat, oxygen is necessary. In other words it meaning that sufficiently gathering, continuing the muscle, diet can do oxygen by moving, it does.

Furthermore because it can adopt many oxygen than usual breath with スーハーダイエット, the diet effect is preeminent.

It relaxes with stress cancellation
First stress cancellation. Stress is risked the autonomous nerve, balance of heart and the body, is in a state where it is disordered. Originally, as for our bodies, freely and easily the parasympathetic nerve of shape is predominantly proper, but the sympathetic nerve of attack type stands predominantly, by the fact that standpoint is reversed becomes stress.

When inhaling breath, when the sympathetic nerve, spitting, because it has reached the point where the parasympathetic nerve works, function of the parasympathetic nerve increases by making the breath time which spits long, balance of the autonomous nerve comes off.

Effective other than dieting and to the one where the breath being cut off constipation stomach is weak! !

I think Hollywood celebrities would stampede for this one….. :-)



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