So, you've been hit by the midday slump? I've been there. Despite having a pending to-do list a few feet high, your brain decides to take a short vacation. You can't focus. Your eyelids are playing peek-a-boo with the things you need to pay attention to. It's one of the nastiest struggles of the modern worker.

This struggle is normal. You can't expect to fly through an 8-hour workday without dips in your energy levels. But there are things we can do to fight off the afternoon drag.

The formula is simple: Sleep, Drink, Move

  • Are you getting enough sleep?
  • Are you hydrating enough?
  • Are you moving enough during your workday?

You need to cover the basics. Most adults don't get enough sleep, hydration or movement. People's sleep needs vary, but if your fatigue is too pronounced and consistent, it might be time to make quality sleep a priority.

Most adults don't get enough sleep, hydration or movement.

Dehydration is more common than people think. Even mild dehydration can reduce your brain's performance. Feel a little foggy? Can't focus? You might be experiencing a mental dry season. Water your neurons often.

Then comes movement, that's our specialty! For the past 5 years, we've dedicated every waking hour (after a good night's sleep) to designing thousands of fun desk exercises. And we have 8 energy-boosting exercises just for you to help you overcome the midday drag.

Movement is the best energy booster, you know? Physical movement gets oxygen flowing through your body and brain. Your heart rate increases. You might even smile a bit, which enhances your mood. So do yourself a much-needed favor: pick your favorite four exercises below and do 30 seconds of each. In 2-minutes you'll feel much better.

8 desk exercises that will raise your spirits

Butt kicks

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Front kicks

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Go for a brisk walk around the block

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Mini hops

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Mini jog in place

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Chair squats, woah!

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