Standing Desk Exercises for Better Health 

 April 25, 2020

By  Juli

You might have heard about the health benefits of standing desks and standing desk exercises. Keep reading to:

  • understand why you need to move at work, and
  • learn 4 quick and easy standing desk exercises that will get your blood pumping and qi moving

More people use standing desks because they have read the research that shows that sitting all day significantly increases the risk of chronic, debilitating diseases.

Having my husband work at home over the Covid-19 Stay at Home orders, I have seen first hand how someone can sit and work all day without moving. He will sit for hours, without drinking water or even getting up to walk around to relieve the strain on his muscles.

You might find yourself in the same situation. It’s so easy to get caught up in what you’re doing, feeling like you just need to keep going.

The truth is, you deserve better! Your body is precious and amazing and needs a break to stay healthy.

In fact, according to Chinese medicine, health comes from movement, while disease comes from stagnation, which is why standing desk exercises are important for YOU whether you sit or stand while working.

You might wonder, “Which exercises should I do?” It’s easy to feel at a loss for what to do when you normally sit for hours at a time.

No more guesswork! We show you 10 quick and easy standing desk exercises that get Blood and Qi flowing in your body.

The best part is these exercises will:

  • strengthen you immune system
  • nourish your lungs, and
  • calm your mind as well!

Quick and Easy Standing Desk Exercises

Don’t think that you have to exercise for an hour or more at a time each day to have good health. Little movements throughout the day will keep you fit and boost your immune system.

You should move at least every hour, if not every half hour.

All of these standing desk exercises will release muscle strain in your head, neck, shoulders, and back. Some of the exercises will also help you prevent or reverse gray hair naturally!

Quick Exercise One – Release strain in shoulders and back

Step 1 Raise your arms to shoulder level in front of your chest with the elbows bent.

Step 2 Keep your arms bent at shoulder height and press your elbows back behind you then return to center. Repeat three times.

Step 3 Keep your arms at shoulder height but now open the arms wide and press your hands back behind and then return to center. Repeat Steps 1-3 three times.

Exercise Two – Stretch muscles in shoulders and back

Step 1 Take your hands and interlace your fingers in front of you.

Step 2 Raise your hands above your head.

Step 3 Keeping your elbows as straight as you can, press back with your hands and then bring your hands back to center above your head. Repeat Steps 1-3 seven times.

Quick Exercise Three – Release tension in shoulders, elbows, and arms

Step 1 Interlace your fingers and place them in front of you.

Step 2 Keeping fingers interlaced and raise your hands above your head.

Step 3 Bend at the elbows, dropping your hands behind your head.

Step 4 Raise your hands overhead again, straightening your elbows as much as you can. Repeat Steps 1-4 nine times

Exercise Four – Stretch the spine and calm the nervous system

Step 1 Interlace your fingers in front of you.

Step 2 Keeping fingers interlaced and raise your hands above your head.

Step 3 Starting from center, bend to the right and come back to center, keeping your hands interlaced and over your head. Repeat five times.

Step 4 Come back to center. Bend to the left and return to center, keeping your hands interlaced over your head. Repeat five times.

We have these standing desk exercises and many others! Follow along on Radiant Shenti’s YouTube channel. Click here to link to the videos.

Keep moving for better health and a calmer mind.

Additionally, if you are suffering at all from anxiety at this time, please check out our article How to Beat Anxiety During this Pandemic.

If you are feeling a run down and worried your immune system might be weak, learn how to regain your health in our article on Natural Remedies to Prevent or Treat Covid-19 Symptoms.

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Dr. Juli Kramer received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, with a cognate in Counseling Psychology, has her M.A. in Psychology, and her B.A. in History and Political Science. Most of her professional career has been in education. Motivated by the deteriorating health conditions she sees in the United States, which are in direct contrast to the abundant health she saw while living in Shanghai, China, Juli wants to use her skills as an educator to teach people about the life-saving benefits of Chinese medicine.

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I would like to thank you for... the course. It's very much what I need to accomplish my health goals. So much is explained and I truly need the movement exercises to loosen up my body.



From doing qigong, my energy is flowing in a new way and I am finally able to let go of what I no longer need and release the thoughts that were the source of my neck and head pain. I am grateful for the peace I feel knowing I have overcome a lifetime of anxiety and anger for assuming responsibility for the pain of others.



I always feel that I have to push myself, work up a big sweat when that is really not anywhere in my comfort level. I’ve always done a slow and steady form of exercise and thank you for confirming that that was a good thing to do!


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