Exercising While on the Computer

October 28, 2009

Dating expert extraordinaire April Braswell asked this question: “how do I DO something execise ish while on the computer?”

This is actually a very doable thing, and equipment is not needed.  How?  Through isometric exercise.

What is isometric exercise.  Isometric exercise is performed when a muscle generate force and attempts to shorten but cannot overcome the resistance.  For example, pressing against a wall would be an isometric action.

Another example of an isometric contraction occurs when you pit a muscle against its antagonist (i.e. opposing muscle).  This occurs when you flex your biceps (front of upper arm) and triceps (rear of upper arm) muscles.

So, to get in some exercise while sitting at the computer, simply flex different muscles in your body.  Flex your arms a few times.

Flex your thighs several times.  Raise your heels and flex your calves.  Pretend that you are trying to tough your elbows together behind your back, and that will flex your back.  Press your hands together in front of your body as if you were hugging a tree.  That will exercise your chest.

Do these types of “flexing” exercises a several times throughout the day, and they can add tone to your muscles.


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13 Responses to “Exercising While on the Computer”

  1. Great tips as usual Darryl. These are the kinds of things that today’s busy adults need to know.

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  2. JJ Jalopy says:

    How handy!

    Now I have no excuse at all! 🙂

  3. Katie says:

    I like to use the shoulder press. It is excellent for opening up your chest and rolling shoulders back. Hmm, perhaps I should post a video of the workout at work . . .

    okay, I’ll report back,

  4. Now I don’t have to step away from my computer

    Jose Escalante

  5. Vicki says:

    I think any movement after sitting for long periods of time is good for the body. Flexing sounds like it would be good for toning where as just movement might not be enough. Posts like this keep you focused when muscles feel blah and only want to sleep.


  6. Martin says:

    I can sense a lot of people flexing right now…!
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  7. I read a story once in Muscle and Fitness about a group of body builders that ventured up to York, Pennsylvannia, purportedly to learn some new radical isometric routines that would yield tremendous muscle growth.

    Sure enough, when they returned they all started making muscle gains much more rapidly than their peers, even after the others who had not gone to York started doing these new isometric techniques.

    Turns out the isometric’s were next to worthless and all the gains were because of the steroids they had been taking since the York visit.

    Kind of lost my ferver for Isometrics since that time.

    Steve Chambers, Body Language Speaker

    • Darryl says:

      Isometric training builds strength, but is of limited benefit for sports training because muscles trained isometrically only show improved strength when the muscle engages in isometric action (not through a range of motion) and only at the angle(s) the muscle was isometrically trained. Isometric training is not a huge muscle builder. However, for the person sitting at their desk (as April asked about), this is a way to get at least some exercise. Performing isometric training at various angles of a body part’s movement would be better than performing these types of exercise at one angle only.

      Research done in Germany showed that isometric training could increase isometric strength by 5% per week if a single, maximum isometric muscle action was performed for 1-second duration, or a 6-second duration at 2/3 maximum. Repeating the action 5-10 times per day increased the strength gains.

  8. Rob Northrup says:

    these are also great things to do on a plane trip to keep your muscles in motion.

    thanks for the reminder Darryl…
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  9. John Ho says:

    Good to see you can exercsie while on the computer!

    This is so important.

    John Ho
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  10. Hi Darryl,

    THAT is so cool!

    See we are the internet generation.
    we use computers.
    the Millenials are all using their smart phones and won’t have this issue.

    I am so encouraged to discover some fitness options to DO while I am on the computer.

    which as an online dating coach is OFTEN!

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell

  11. Keri Eagan says:

    This is handy. I sit on a computer for hours and have been finding it increasingly difficult to find time to exercise. Now I can do double duty!

    Keri Eagan



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