Spending too many hours at the desk? Missing the daily visits to the gym? Having trouble keeping fit? Try these three exercises to beat away the sitting blue.
Being attached to our chairs for nine or more hours each day has become a reality for more young working professionals. The bad news is that this sedentary lifestyle causes only harm. Our bodies are not meant for sitting for so many hours at a stretch. This lifestyle is a recipe for disaster, putting your body at risk for obesity, chronic back pain, cancer, bad posture, muscle aches and neck pain.
If the lack of time is your excuse, it’s time, to free some up. Practice these, three simple exercises at your desk.
For your Wrist:
Stretch one arm forward, lateral to the floor with the palm facing the skywards. With the other hand bend the fingers inwards towards the floor.
Hold this position for 15 to 30 seconds, until your wrist feels stretched.
Switch hands and repeat 2 to 4 times.
Another exercise that can relieve Carpal Tunnel, is the wrist roll.
Roll the wrists clockwise and anti-clockwise 10 times. Repeat as often as you can.
For Neck and Shoulders:
Straining your neck and slouching while working on the computer is a given, in turn leading to bad posture.
Raise both your shoulders towards your ears as if you are shrugging.
Hold for 5 seconds, then relax.
Sit straight in your chair, stretch your hand skywards. Put one hand on the desk and grab the back of the chair with your other hand, twisting away from the desk.
For the Legs:
Sit at the edge of your chair or table and slightly lift your knee and then straighten it, keeping it parallel to the ground. Hold for 15 seconds and then repeat with the other leg.
Stand apart. Bend one side of your body sideways with your arm touching your toe. Hold for 15 seconds and then repeat.
Back and Core:
Take a deep breath and pull in the abdominal muscles towards your spine. Hold it for 15 seconds and then relax. Repeat 15 times.
Hold your left wrist with your right hand over your head. And then pull it back with your right hand, stretching your left. Hold for 10 seconds and then relax and then repeat with the other hand.