Top 5 Exercises You Can Do Without Leaving Your Library Seat

Top 5 Exercises You Can Do Without Leaving Your Library Seat


We all know exercise has incredible benefits- improving productivity and sleep, reducing risk of cardiovascular diseases and dementia, not to mention feeling happier!

With such busy lives, it’s often hard to fit in time to exercise. So, here are some ways of getting in some physical activity without getting off your seat!


Wooden leg

Sit with your back straight on your chair. Lift and extend one leg so it is straight and hold for a few seconds. Lift it a bit higher a hold for a few seconds. Then lift again as high as you can go and hold for a few seconds. Repeat 15 times on each leg. Great for lower body strength!


Knee Lifts

Sitting with your back straight, extend both legs so they are straight in front of you. Then, squeeze your abs and use them to bring your knees towards your chest. Hold for a few seconds and bring them back down so they are straight and resting on the ground. Repeat 20 times. If you want to make it harder, try not to let your feet touch the ground between reps!


Inner thigh squeeze

Sit with your back straight and with your knees bent at 90 degrees. Grab your pencil case, water bottle, jumper (whatever you have with you) and place between your knees. Squeeze your abs and knees together as hard as you can and hold for a few seconds, then relax. Repeat 20 times, for 3 sets.


Arm circles

Sit on the edge of your seat, keeping your back straight. Raise both your arms to 90 degrees with your palms facing downwards. Slowly circle your arms for 30 seconds going forward, then repeat circling backwards for 30 seconds. Repeat 2 more times. If you want to make it harder, do the same but holding a water bottle in each hand. This one is great for improving posture as well!


Chair squats

Stand in front of your seat with your feet shoulder-width apart. Bend your knees and slowly lower so you are hovering over your seat (don’t actually sit down). Straighten your body back up and squeeze your glutes on your way up. Try 20 reps.


These are just a few of the huge number of exercises you can do without needing massive amounts of space. Even small things like taking the stairs instead of the lift are a great way to keep yourself moving as well. These are by no means a substitute for regular physical activity, but are great to keep in mind for those long library days!

About the Author

Hi, I’m Sumona and I’m a UCL medical student. I’m passionate about medical education and I hope that my posts are interesting and inspiring for you. Check out my personal blog for posts on travel, food and my experiences being a student in London!



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