Sitting is the new smoking!! We couldn’t agree more with this statement. Not only is office life is taking a toll on our mental and physical wellbeing but our bodies are paying a steep price for the negligence. Our bums that are literally glued to chair is leading to chronic fatigue syndrome in our eyes, neck, shoulder, back, and legs. Our office lives have made us sedentary and we hardly get any exercise. And while we are too tired to exercise post work or wake up early in the morning.
For this reason, here are a few work outs you can actually do at your desk that’ll keep you bendy and feeling good.
1. Shoulder Rolls:
Shoulder raises are a great way to relieve the tension in your neck. Ease the tension in your shoulders by slowly first rotating them clockwise and then anti-clockwise. Start with 5 times for each shoulder and then slowly increase the count.
2. Leg Raises:
You can do these leg and abdominal exercises even when you’re in a meeting or on a conference call without people noticing. Sit upright in your office chair. Straighten your left leg so that it is parallel to the floor and hold it in place for 10 seconds. Now, do the same thing with your right leg. Repeat both legs for 15 repetitions.
3. Wrist Stretch:
This is perfect for you if you spend a lot of time typing. Just stand up for a few seconds and place your wrists onto your desk. Make sure your wrists face away from you and then start applying pressure until you feel the stretch. Sit back on your chair after you’re done with both the wrists and perform a few wrist circles. You’ll actually feel your wrists loosening up.
4. Eye Roll:
This dispels fatigue like no other. It’s perfect for people who have their work continuously on computers or paper work and needs a lot of focus. Roll your eyes slowly, starting from the left, then the top, to the right and then downwards. Repeat this in clockwise and anti-clockwise directions for at least 2 minutes. Then rub your hands together till your palms feel warm, quickly cup the palms and place them on the eyes to soothe them.
5. Back Twist:
This back twist is a great way to relieve tension in your back. To start with, sit in your chair and place your right arm behind your right hip. Twist your torso to the right side and hold for 10 seconds, then repeat on the other side. Aim to do at least three on each side.
Aforementioned 5 exercises are a complete body workout that you can do time and time again to release tension from your body. Since none of us can just give up the ‘sitting life’, we have to find means and ways around it that’ll keep us fit and fine.