A Healthy Body and Mind makes a Happy VAASA Member

VAASA wish for all our members to be happy and healthy.  Sometimes work gets in the way of our exercise time and the Pilates, gym or jog is pushed to the bottom of the list.  Exercise helps keep our body fit and our minds healthy.

When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins trigger a positive feeling in the body and assist with general well-being.

VAASA have found you half a dozen simple desk exercise that will get the endorphins flowing and rejuvenate a tired mind.

The best thing about them is you can do them WHILE YOU WORK!  ENJOY.


    This is an isometric glutes exercise and can be done at the desk.  Squeeze your buttocks, hold for 5-10 minutes then release. Repeat until tired!  You’ll find this exercise can perk you up in more ways than one!

  1. LEG RAISES.  

    Seated at your desk, straighten one or both legs and hold in place for five or more seconds. Then lower back to the ground without letting your feet touch the floor. Repeat (alternating legs if raising them separately) 15x.  If you feel this is too easy, try adding a weight, like your bag looped around your ankle!  Alternatively try a book between your ankles when you lift together…


    This will help you define your arms. Seated upright with feet flat on the floor, bring the palms together in front of the chest and push both hands together powerfully until you feel the arm muscles contract. Hold the praying mantis position of hands pushed together for 20 seconds. Release and repeat the sequence until you feel your arm muscles have had a work out.


    But don’t do this one while you’re on a video con as you may come across as non-committal to your client! Raise both shoulders up toward the ears, hold for 5 seconds, then relax. Repeat for 15x.  If this feels too easy try while standing and holding something weighty in each hand.


    Another silent deskercise, this one can be done whilst seated during a call. Simply take a deep breath and tighten the abdominal muscles (lower tummy), bringing them in towards the spine as you exhale. Stay squeezed for 5-10 seconds and release. Repeat 15x.  You do this every day and you will see a difference!


    Got a deadline to meet?  Getting tense and stiff?  Release that stress and get the energy moving by doing some seated dancing.  Yes, that’s right, have a wobble session in your seat, move those legs, arms, body, head around until the blood is flowing again!