Study break exercises you can do at a desk

When you are focused on studying or getting that latest assignment done, it can be easy to sit down and look up only to see several hours have passed without noticing. But long periods of sitting have been shown to be detrimental to both our physical and mental health. Try to take a physical activity break at least once an hour with these exercises that can be done at or near your desk.

  • Jumping jacks: Try doing 20 jumping jacks to wake yourself up.
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  • Squats: Do 10 squats to stretch your legs.
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  • Walk up the stairs: Go to the next floor and back down again to stretch your legs.
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  • Walk or jog in place: Try walking or jogging in place for 60 seconds.
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  • Shoulder shrugs: Do 10-20 to loosen any tension in your shoulders.
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  • Incline push-ups: Use your desk to do 10 push-ups to strengthen your upper body
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  • Shoulder Retraction: Pull your shoulders back 10-20 to help improve your posture. See: http://www.golfloopy.com/scapular-retraction/#prettyPhoto
  • Try a yoga app: An app like Down Dog has quick yoga sequences that can help you stretch in 15 minutes or less.
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However you choose to move, the most important part is that you do. If you are looking for other opportunities to get physically active on campus, check out the Athletics and Recreation website. They offer many different ways to get your body moving including gym facilities, clubs, and intramural teams.

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