2. Seated jumping jacks.

Doing seated jumping jacks is simple yet effective. This is a great exercise if your joints are too weak to do normal standing jumping jacks.

Sit at the edge of your chair, do a posture check, and simply begin opening and closing your arms and legs like you would a normal jumping jack.

Try to do these seated jumping jacks as quickly as you can. Do 3 sets of 20 reps as frequently as you can while you're sitting.

Seated jumping jacks get the heart pumping a little bit harder, which is necessary for good cardiovascular health. This exercise can begin to reverse damage caused by sitting.

3. Seated leg extensions.

Your legs contain the largest muscle groups in the body, so doing leg exercises gets you the biggest bang for your buck in terms of calorie expenditure.

Burning more calories than you take in in a day is the only way to lose weight. Seated leg extensions work your thighs, a very large muscle, and also help strengthen your hips and knees.

To do a seated leg extension, sit at the edge of your chair with your arm at your side. You can hold onto the seat of the chair if you need to.

From here, simply extend one of your legs at a time so your leg is parallel to the ground. Your toes should point to the sky, allowing your foot to form a 90 degree angle with your leg.

Hold this to the count of 3 and stop. Repeat this 10 times with each leg. This can be done any time throughout the day.

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