Ronn Torossian - Staying Fit in the Office: How to Workout at your Desk

If you work in an office or at a desk, you know that sometimes the days are long and likely there have been more than one or two days recently when you didn’t leave for lunch, maybe only getting up once or twice for the needed trips to the sandbox. Yep, you’re almost chained to that dang thing! Well, that doesn’t mean you have to turn into another lump beside your lumpy desk! Here are some ideas for keeping toned and tight while hardly leaving your seat.


No need to do anything drastic like touching your toes, but try some upper body twists, arch your back and hold it for 10 seconds, lift one foot at a time and rotate your ankle, stretch your neck by trying to touch your ear to your shoulder slowly. Take a deep breath and hold it, then slowly release. After that, use your arms and shoulders to push back and give your upper back a good tightening while stretching your chest. All of that takes only a few minutes, but it should get the blood moving again and wake up your brain for better productivity.

Take Hourly Breaks

This is all about stretching your legs a bit, allowing your eyes to focus on other distances, and maybe even smile at a person or two while you’re moving about. This doesn’t have to be non-productive time. While you are working at your desk, set items on the corner of your work space that need something from someone else or another place in the office. So when you hit that hourly break, grab one or two of those things, and get moving. It may be a quick trip to the supply cupboard, a question from one of your co-workers, or taking a dollar to the vending machines for a healthy snack. Just get up and move for a few minutes.

Sitting Crunches

There are many varieties you can do. Try one where you anchor your hands on the sides of your chair with your legs in front of you and knees bent. Now while pushing down with your hands, lift your bent knees as high as possible. This takes ab strength, and that should improve as you do these on a regular basis. Next, tighten and release your abs in much the same move as you would do in a traditional crunch.

You might also consider one of those yoga ball chairs that forces your body to work core muscles to maintain balance on the chair. It doesn’t have to be all day, just switch it in on the days you eat your lunch at your desk just during lunchtime. When you get the chair into place before your lunch, use the back of the chair for balance as needed while you do a few squats, maybe 20.

The key to long-term office work AND keeping toned and tight, as well as reducing stress can be found in taking a few minutes to think up ways you can move while doing your job, ways to stretch, to tone, to tighten, to keep alert, and decrease stress. It’s not difficult to do, just sometimes hard to always remember to do. So figure out a few ways to remind yourself daily and start enjoying the many benefits of office “work” outs.

Ronn Torossian is the Founder and CEO of the New York based public relations firm 5WPR: one of the 20 largest PR Firms in the United States.

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Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5WPR, with vice president Mike Pence










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Ronn Torossian is the Founder & Chairman of 5W Public Relations, one of the largest independently owned PR firms in the United States. Since founding 5WPR in 2003, he has led the company's growth and vision, with the agency earning accolades including being named a Top 50 Global PR Agency by PRovoke Media, a top three NYC PR agency by O'Dwyers, one of Inc. Magazine's Best Workplaces and being awarded multiple American Business Awards, including a Stevie Award for PR Agency of the Year. With over 25 years of experience crafting and executing powerful narratives, Torossian is one of America's most prolific and well-respected public relations executives. Throughout his career he has advised leading and high-growth businesses, organizations, leaders and boards across corporate, technology and consumer industries. Torossian is known as one of the country's foremost experts on crisis communications. He has lectured on crisis PR at Harvard Business School, appears regularly in the media and has authored two editions of his book, "For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results With Game-Changing Public Relations," which is an industry best-seller. Torossian's strategic, resourceful approach has been recognized with numerous awards including being named the Stevie American Business Awards Entrepreneur of the Year, the American Business Awards PR Executive of the Year, twice over, an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalist, a Top Crisis Communications Professional by Business Insider, Metropolitan Magazine's Most Influential New Yorker, and a recipient of Crain's New York Most Notable in Marketing & PR. Outside of 5W, Torossian serves as a business advisor to and investor in multiple early stage businesses across the media, B2B and B2C landscape. Torossian is the proud father of two daughters. He is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and a board member of multiple not for profit organizations.