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Calves--Your Second Heart

Do your legs feel like balloons after a stint at the desk? Pump that blood back where it belongs (and increase your vertical jump too!).

Stand up and push your chair back out of the way. Rise up on your tiptoes as your breathe in, then slowly return to a flat-footed position as your breathe out. Spend about two seconds going up and about four seconds lowering your heels back to the floor. Repeat 1520 times, rest a minute, then do another 15 to 20.

Got Something More Advanced?
Try the exercise on one leg. Lightly touch your desk with one hand to maintain balance, tuck your left foot behind your right ankle and do 1520 of the above with the right leg. Reverse position and repeat with the left leg.