Take a few minutes a day to strengthen your abs at work.
While you can do things to whittle your waist at work, it's only a part of the bigger picture. You have to participate in at least 150 to 300 minutes of aerobic activity every week, plus consume a healthy diet to lose weight. The waist-trimming exercises you perform at work will help tone the muscles around your middle and back. A stronger back means your posture will improve, which will help you show off your newly trimmed waist.
A New Twist
You'll need at least 3 feet in all directions for this Kundalini yoga exercise for your obliques. Stand with your feet 3 feet apart and bend your knees slightly. Raise your arms out to the sides at shoulder height. Contract your abs and turn your upper torso and head to the left. Immediately twist to the right. Carry on, twisting from side to side as fast you can for up to two minutes. You can also perform this move while seated. Sit forward on your chair with a straight back. Contract your abs. Raise your arms to shoulder height out to the sides and bend your elbows until your forearms are perpendicular to the floor. Practice the same twisting motion from left to right for up to two minutes.
Ride with It
The Magic Carpet Ride will work your six-pack muscles -- the rectus abdominis. Slip off your shoes, lift your feet up and cross your legs while sitting in your chair. Grip the arms of your chair, contract your abs and lift your butt off the chair a couple of inches. Breathe normally as you hold this position for up to 20 seconds. Lower down and relax for half a minute, and then repeat the exercise four more times.
Take a Break
Most leg lifts that target your lower abdominal muscles, the transverse abdominis, are performed lying on your back. This adaptation for the office has you sitting forward on your chair. Lean back, but don't let your shoulders touch the back of your chair. Keep your back straight and either grip your armrests or the edge of your chair with your hands. Lift your feet an inch off the floor and hold that position throughout the exercise. Exhale and lift your legs together until you can feel the pull in your lower abdomen. Inhale and lower your legs, aiming for six repetitions.
Take a Break
Since 10-minute bursts of activity count toward your recommended aerobic activity, you can whittle away the time during your breaks to get in some cardio. If your building has a staircase, change into your sneakers and walk up and down flights of stairs for 10 minutes during your lunch break. Or, depending on the weather, take your waist-whittling workout to the street for a brisk 10- to 20-minute walk. These activities are especially handy for those of you who can't find the time for a full 30-minute aerobic workout.
Check with your health-care provider before beginning an exercise program for the first time, if you have been away from fitness programs for a while, or if you have any chronic health issues.