The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Friday, April 17, 2009


I've recently signed up to Feelfit, an online fitness instructor-cum-diary thingy, in a desperate attempt to lose a few pounds so I can fit into my skinny jeans for summer. I noticed today that they've blogged some simple exercises to do at your desk if you're busy studying.

Pedal boating to raise heartbeat and stimulate blood:
Place hands on the arms of a sturdy chair for support. Now raise knees approximately 10-15cm of the ground; bring your right knee up towards your chest and simultaneously stretch the left leg out using a cycling motion. Repeat five times.

Thigh and buttock raise to work the upper leg and buttocks:
Place hands on the arms of a sturdy chair for support. Interlink fingers around your left knee; as you raise your knee, pull it gently towards your chest and hold for one second. Repeat with the right knee. Do this exercise ten times.

Squat for firm thighs and buttocks and to help flatten the stomach:
Stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart and hold your back straight. Keeping your back straight, head forward and feet firmly on the floor, slowly bend your knees. Keep your kneecaps aligned above the ends of your toes as you squat. As your buttocks move backwards, hold the squat position for a fraction of a second, before pushing upwards with your thigh muscles. Repeat ten times.

I'm pedal boating as I type. ;)

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