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Desk Exercises for Those Who Never Leave the Office

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Gaiam Classic Balance Ball Chair

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You’ll have heard that ‘sitting is the new smoking’, that's because our sedentary lifestyle is ranked as the planet’s fourth biggest killer by the World Health Organisation. So plop yourself on an exercise ball and you can apparently sculpt core muscles, and reduce back pain and nerve compression. £79.99, buy on Amazon (opens in new tab)

Gamercize PC-Sport

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“Here comes the hotstepper,” rapped one-hit-wonder Ini Kamoze in 1994. And who knew? – some 22 years later, the reggae star’s lyrics live on in our offices. Connected to your keyboard and mouse, you’re duty bound to keep moving on this underdesk stepper, otherwise your technology will freeze. £119.90, buy on gamercizeshop.com (opens in new tab)

Webble Ergonomic Footrest

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More skateboard than footrest, the Webble allows 360-degrees of motion to deliver greater flexibility, blood circulation and posture, all from under the table. Possibly the most office friendly of this “catalogue”, you can quell the ills of sitting down without having to make a stand (or example of yourself). RRP £100, webblefootrest.com (opens in new tab)

LifeSpan TR1200-DT5 Treadmill Desk

LifeSpan TR1200-DT5 Treadmill Desk

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Ok, so you’ll look a bit silly. But get over the mild shame and walking while you work can offer a laundry list of benefits. There’s the perpetual calorie burn, lowered blood pressure and stress levels, reduced chance of diabetes and, believe it or not, higher state of focus. £1,499, buy on gymworld.co.uk (opens in new tab)

IKEA Bekant Desk Sit/Stand

IKEA Bekant Desk Sit/Stand

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The British Journal of Sports Medicine found the body sends out a distress signal after four hours seated, causing the genes to regulate glucose and shut down lipose levels. A standing desk stops this risk dead. With a fully adjustable height and sturdy enough to bear the weight of a computer and many thick-backed folders, you'll be surprised how easy it is to put in a few hours on foot. £465, buy on ikea.com (opens in new tab)

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