Healthy New You week seven: deskercizes

February 23, 2015 | UToday
By Samantha Watson

Working a sedentary job can be detrimental do your health, but a simple remedy is to get up and get moving every once in a while.

“There have been a lot of studies that have linked sedentary desk jobs with poor health,” said Andrea Masters, assistant director of Rocket Wellness at The University of Toledo. “So it’s really important to get up and move throughout the day for your health as well as your energy.”

That’s why this week’s focus for Healthy New You, sponsored by Rocket Wellness, is deskercizes — small exercises perfect for doing at your desk or any other limited space.

Not only are deskercizes beneficial to your health by getting your blood flowing and burning calories, they also can improve focus and brain function.

“There have been some studies showing that your brain, after so many hours of inactivity from not moving, is not firing correctly,” Masters said. “You really need to keep moving to keep your productivity up.”

Deskercizes also are a good option for those who have limited mobility due to arthritis, injury or other factors, though it is important to consult your doctor first. For more tips on exercising with limited mobility, visit

This week’s challenge is to complete deskercizes throughout the week; each day is worth one point, up to five points. For inspiration, Rocket Wellness’ website will feature different examples of easy-to-do deskercizes in a short video.

During your lunch break, earn some bonus points by participating in the walking programs held on both campuses. Rocket Walk is held from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in the Student Recreation Center and from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Morse Center.

For more information and to see the weekly video, visit the Rocket Wellness website at

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