6 Easy Travel Exercises You Can Do With Just a Chair (Without Being Beyoncé)
I bet the most you think your chair is for after that crazy commute when you just want to crash as soon as you get home. Well, it might be time to readjust your perspective.
With just a straight-backed seat, you can get a solid workout. It may not give you Beyoncé's swagger, but it certainly will get you a liiiittle closer to her sick body.
We tapped Rachel Piskin, co-founder of ChaiseFitness, for some easy moves you can try at home. Great news: It's easier than grinding up on some "surfbort."
Sit on chair. Bend left knee, extend right leg to side. Take right hand to hip and extend left arm over head bending torso sideways for a stretch. Repeat on other side.
Marching Tricep Dips
Hold on to edge of chair with elbows bent at a 90-degree angle and feet out away from chair. Your butt and knees should be at the same level. March right knee upward as you straighten your arms, then lower back down to starting position. Alternate right and left 20 times, and repeat for 2 to 3 sets. Make sure your elbows bend directly behind you, not out to the side, and don't let your shoulders shrug up to your ears.
Hold onto edge of chair and extend legs into a plank position. Keeping arms straight, extend one leg straight up towards ceiling (about 12 inches off floor), then pulse leg upward 20 times, keeping everything else still and strong. Repeat on other side. Repeat 2 to 3 sets.
Stand behind chair and hold on to chair back. Stand in first position (heels together, toes apart, making a small "V" position). Lift and lower heels 20 times, then repeat for a second set.
Kneeling Arabesque Lifts
Kneel on top of chair facing back. Release right leg straight behind you. Hold on to the back with right hand and extend left arm in front of shoulder. Lift back right leg up and lower down, keeping torso still and core engaged. Repeat 20 times, then repeat on the other side. Repeat two sets on each side.
Sit on edge of chair holding on to arms or edge of chair. Bring both feet into table top position, knees bent in line with heels. Alternate toe taps down towards floor 20 times. Repeat 2 to 3 sets.