The Office Workout
So one of the big challenges so many of us face today is that we are stuck behind a desk working on a computer for at least 8 hours a day. The physiological effects this places on our muscles, spine, lower back & shoulders is extremely detrimental and I’m sure you know what I mean by this.
One of the biggest problems that is going to become more and more prevalent for our generation is the rounded shoulder syndrome, arthritis in our wrists and of course lower back pain.
So why not try and get in a mini office workout in once or two times a day that lasts for just 5 minutes. This little time can radically change the stress we are putting on our body day in and day out, and as a health coach even I am guilty of getting lost in the abyss of internet!
Here we go…
The Firefighter’s Climb
Yes, this first one involves you getting away from your desk, but it’s a quick one. Just get to any stairs you can find and try and climb two flights as quick as you can. Not near any stairs? Find something stable you can step up on and do 20 steps up and down.
The Ab Rippler
Forgot where your abs were? For at least one minute try tightening your abs and releasing rapidly. This is more effective than those gimmicky electric ab stimulators you see on tv all the time.
The Robin Hood
Time to give some gold to your shoulder blades. Pretend you have a bow-and-arrow in your hands. Pull with your right hand 10 times, then repeat with your left hand 10 times. Make sure to sit as upright as possible, this is great for your shoulders.
I had to put this in cause staring at one point for several hours makes our eyes lazy ass! Stare at a point out the window now quickly bring back your focus to something right in front of you (probably your monitor in this case). Do this 10 times.
The Bubble But Squat
Sorry for the stupid names but I thought I’d make this article light-hearted. This one is easy and very powerful. Stand up in front of your chair, now squat down pretending you are going to sit down but don’t let your butt touch the chair. Rise back up and repeat 10 times.
The Muscle Dip
Secure your chair and scoot forward so your legs are far out from the chair but your weight is now all on your hands. Slowly lower your body as far as you can and make sure to keep your elbows tucked in. Raise back up and repeat 10 times. This is great for toning up your arms and bring attention to your chest and shoulders.
Conclusion: The Office Workout
That’s it, sounds good doesn’t it? Quick and simple and very effective in keeping your muscles tight throughout the day. Set a timer to remind you to do this, and make sure to bookmark this page so you can reference it. In the end it will save you from the dreaded rounded-shoulder symptom, debilitating lower back pain and of course poor posture.
Do you like this office workout? Have any feedback or questions? Please leave a comment below…