The 5-minute home office workout

Taking a coffee break isn't the only way to get away from your screen during the working day. Ashleigh Ahlquist's five-minute workout will help you stay active, boosting concentration and promoting good health.

Even when you're working at home, it’s important you give yourself time away from the screen and out of your seat. Ideally you should give yourself a five minute break from your desk every hour. If you’re struggling to remember to do this, you could set an alarm for every hour of your working day as a reminder.

It’s a good idea to move around on your breaks to keep your body moving, allowing the blood to flow and letting your muscles stretch.

So to make the most of that time, why not find a quiet corner and perform some of these gentle exercises? You won't even have to get changed to perform them.

Make sure there are no obstructions around you and you are not in a busy pathway before proceeding.

How to perform the home office workout


  • Walking High Knees (1 minute)
  • 10 x Shoulder Circles
  • 10 x Arm Circles
  • 10 x Squat
  • 10 x Reverse Lunge Reach Back
  • 10 x Low Side to Side Lunge

Move slowly in and out of these movements to get the most out of this mobilising session.

Last updated Monday 6 April 2020

First published on Wednesday 23 September 2015