The 5-Minute Pilates Workout You Need To Try If You Sit All Day

You probably know by now that sitting too much is bad for your health. Studies have linked a sedentary lifestyle to a greater risk for health issues, from diabetes to dementia, so moving regularly throughout the day (even at work) is crucial. Office jobs and travel make it difficult for most of us to do this as often as we should. This is where this workout comes in handy.

I designed this quick, four-move routine to make you feel better in just minutes. Through a combination of stretching and strength work, these exercises will target your core, lower back, hips, and legs to reset your body after a long day of sitting.

Try to perform each exercise for one minute, flowing from one to the next. If you need to, you can rest for 20-30 seconds between each move.

Spine Twist

1. Sit upright with your legs extended out wider than your hips. Reach your arms out from your sides.

2. Twisting from your spine above the pelvis, rotate over to one side with that arm reaching back. Pulse here with control three times.

3. Return to the starting position and repeat to the other side.


1. Lying on your back, point your legs upward and reach your hands around one ankle or calf; drop the other leg down to about 45 degrees.

2. Curl your head, neck, and shoulders up off the floor and look down at your core. Gently pulse the raised leg closer to your body (two times), as your hamstring allows.

3. Switch legs and repeat. Keep switching, and remember to keep your core pulled in the whole time.