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Five Easy Ways To Burn Calories While You Sit At Your Desk - By Gail Kasper

Gail Kasper, Author, Television Host, Certified Fitness Trainer, and Motivational Speaker



Stuck at your desk with nowhere to go? Wish you could sneak in a mini workout and burn a few extra calories? Guess what? You can! Here’s how:

1. Use Hand Weights. Invest in a pair of hand weights, five pounds each, and keep them handy at your desk. Periodically lift these weights straight up in the air or straight out to the sides for five minutes at a time. Vary it up with this alternative: With your elbows bent and weights at shoulder level, push your arms up to the sky, one at a time. Do these exercises while reading emails or watching a training video.



2. Tap Your Feet. According to, you can burn up to a whopping 350 calories a day through foot tapping and other forms of fidgeting. So don’t hold back – tap your feet while you sit at your desk. Place a mat or cushion underneath so that the tapping doesn’t disturb your co-workers. Finger tapping works, too. Other forms of fidgeting will also burn calories. The important part is to stay active while you sit!



3. Stand Up. More and more people are discovering the benefits of standing at their desks instead of sitting. Push your chair away and raise your keyboard and computer screen to a comfortable level. You may want to invest in a standing desk, or ask your boss to make the expenditure. Spending a good portion of your workday standing instead of sitting will burn more calories and keep you trimmer. At the very least, stand up while using the phone.



4. Squeeze A Stress Ball. Doing this will not only relieve stress, it will also strengthen your hand and arm muscles, and you will burn calories effortlessly.5. Do Yoga Stretches. Stretching keeps you limber, preventing your muscles and joints from stiffening. And yes, it’s a great way to get rid of calories. Try standard yoga stretches, or make up your own. It’s all good!



Exercising at your desk helps keep your body fit and your brain sharp. Read my article to learn more about boosting your brainpower through physical activity.



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About Gail Kasper:

Mid-1998, Gail Kasper started her business from a  small one-bedroom apartment, with no money and no clients. Today, Gail  is the host of the late-night television show Raw Reality, one of the  nation's leading speakers, author, Top 1% Club Mentor, advice  columnist, Certified Fitness Trainer, Ms. Continental America 2008,  and the creator of SAD-T™ (Systematic Attitude Development- Technique™). A former Contributing Editor to Success Magazine with the  "Ask Gail" column and host of the "Ask Gail" segment on the Comcast  morning show, Gail is the author of her self-help autobiography  Another Day Without A Cage: My Breakthrough From Self-Imprisonment To  Total Empowerment and the self-help parable Unstoppable: 6 Easy Steps  To Achieve Your Goals. With national media appearances that include  Inside Edition, The Today Show, FOX Business News, and Oprah and  Friends, Gail has earned the ranking of an in-demand national media  personality who has been the topic of discussion on Regis and Kelly.  Also, the current host of the Philadelphia Visitors Channel, she has  also made numerous appearances on network affiliates that include ABC,  FOX, CW11, Comcast, and CBS, where she co-hosted the Emmy award- winning America's TVJobNetwork. 


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