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RISMEDIA, July 8, 2010—(MCT)—For those who sit in a cubicle more often than they care to admit, there are some simple ways to interject a bit of fitness into long days spent staring at a computer screen.

1. Keep a weight at your desk and use it
We’re not talking barbells here. A small 5 pound weight is perfect for slow bicep curls—10 on each side, twice, sometimes three times a day

2. Take the stairs
Yes, it’s one of those ‘well-duh’ ideas, especially if your office is located on any floor but the first. Taking the steps each time you enter and exit your building may not seem like a lot, but it does add up.

3. Work your triceps while your coffee reheats
Waiting in the kitchen for your coffee to reheat or while making a fresh pot may seem like wasted time, but you can use the time wisely and get a good triceps workout in. Simply turn your back to the counter, grasp it with your hands, bend your elbows and slowly dip until your thighs are parallel to the ground.

4. Do squats
They’re easy, they’re quick and they’re good for your legs. Stand at your desk once every few hours, extend your arms and bend those knees.

5. Walk when you can
A short walk around the office building or even the block during your lunch hour is as great way to fit exercise into your day. Taking a walk helps you clear your mind so you can come back refreshed and ready to work.

(c) 2010, The Dallas Morning News.

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