Combat Your Desk Job
In case you haven’t heard of it, “Sitting Disease” is a term used by the scientific community when referencing a sedentary lifestyle. It also includes the ugly metabolic syndrome the goes hand in hand with it. If you sit at your desk for most of day, here’s a few things you can do to improve your situation:
1) Switch your chair out for a stability ball. This simple change forces you to engage your core simply to remain seated and not tumble off onto the floor. It turns a passive position into an active one. Just be sure to use an actual stability ball, also called an exercise ball or balance ball, and stay away from chairs that look like balls
2) Stand up every 15 minutes. By standing every quarter hour, you active your leg muscles which were previously turned off in the seated position. It’s even better if you move around in addition to standing, but stand at the very minimum.
3) Do some simple activation movements. These include finger contractions (making a fist and opening your fingers wide), wrist and arm circles, and neck flexion (bending your neck side to side and forward and backwards). It’s even better if you do some high knee raises, ankle circles, and hip rotations. Basically anything you can do that is dynamic will only improve your health, versus sitting for hours on end.
Give these quick fixes a shot next time you find yourself back at your desk. Quick and easy to do in an office environment, they will leave you not only feeling better, but will get the blood circulating. You may be surprised at how much your productivity and creativity can improve!
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