Computer athletes: on your mark!


Do you sit at a desk all day? Then you know it doesn’t do a body good. It encourages bad posture and spinal tension. Sitting in one place for too long can tighten the muscles and create a fatigue that even ten cups of coffee won’t shake off. Recent studies suggest that all of this combines to shorten your life.

Small movements throughout the day

But you don’t need to offset the effects of a sedentary job by doing overtime at the gym. Simple stretching done at your desk, discretely, throughout the day can invigorate your work experience and boost your energy to take on that nest project. You’ll feel limber and flexible, ready to walk that extra distance to the photocopier.

Use your space

Look around, your office could be the ideal workout space. Using your space and your chair you can stretch out your neck, shoulders, arms and back to relieve stress and accumulated tension. Try just two minutes for every hour of sitting.

Modify basics you already know

Go for the basics. Wrist and shoulder rotations, ten in each direction, will reduce fatigue caused by prolonged typing. Trying standing when sorting your mail or in basket. Try pacing when talking on the phone or listening to that long conference call. Simple neck stretches, tilting the head in every direction, will help alleviate stress as well. Push ups on the side of your desk . Sit down, lean over and extend one foot at a time to release the lower back.

Stretching should never hurt! Pain may be telling you that you’ve pushed too far or done too many.

Source: Joanna Gonos


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