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Work It Girl: At Your Desk Abs

Sitting at your desk doesn't mean you can't work on toning your mid-section. You can work your belly at work without your boss ever knowing you're doing some strength training on the job. All you need to do is pull your navel to your spine, the most basic Pilates move. Here's how:

  • Sit up straight, keeping your back away from the back of your chair.
  • Exhale and pull your abs to your spine without curving your back. This will feel a little like a corset. It should feel a little like you are bracing for a punch to the abdomen.
  • Focus on your low abs; these you can definitely keep engaged while you breathe.
  • Breathe into your back ribs, wherever you have ribs you have lungs. This is a nice stretch for the intercostals, the muscles between the ribs.
  • Hold for 30 seconds. Do twice an hour.
  • Oblique Variation: To challenge your obliques (the abs on the side of the torso) a little more simply tilt your torso slightly to the right and hold that position for 30 seconds. Then, of course, reverse the action by tilting to the left so you can keep even.

    Fit's Tip: You can also work your abs when you're waiting at a long traffic light, when stuck in traffic, or heaven forbid, out on a boring date! Try it right now and let me know how it feels.


Join The Conversation
amber512 amber512 6 years
I can't seem to do this. I don't know how to pull in my abs while EXhaling. I can do it while inhaling, but every time I try I do the wrong thing!
alethia037 alethia037 8 years
I don't sit down for work, but I do this all the time in the car!
apettit apettit 8 years
love it! and i'm a student at uni so it's perfect for avoiding the freshman 15
chicobo chicobo 9 years
I love doing this at work. I also do breathing while myself of course.
Tiger_Lily Tiger_Lily 9 years
yeah, multi-tasking ruls.
droguedemusique droguedemusique 9 years
i will totally add this to my workout! hee hee!
mshoney18 mshoney18 9 years
I would be reading this at home on a Friday night. I'm going to send it to my work email and save it to my desktop.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
These are called "vacuums" and I do them all the time. They REALLY do work!!
rpenner rpenner 9 years
I do this all the time!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I used to do butt crunches at work, that looked pretty funny. :lol:
Anabellatc Anabellatc 9 years
I'm gonna start today and come back and let you know how well it works...
simbaspaws simbaspaws 9 years
Works great!
kia kia 9 years
This is a good use of multi-tasking time.
Geisha-Runner Geisha-Runner 9 years
I love doing this at work!
anaisethenry anaisethenry 9 years
I already do this all the time!
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
I was just doing this at my desk!!!
silly3 silly3 9 years
great idea! I'm trying it at my desk now!
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