Sitting It Out Can Still Provide a Little Exercise

By Tom Herrin

Most people are in need of exercise today.  The vast majority of jobs don't lend themselves to much activity.  As a result, many people end up sitting for the biggest part of the day.  Working in office jobs tends to confine people to a pretty small space.   For those with a desire to get some exercise while sitting, it is possible to do so from the very chair that has them feeling so restrained from activity.  As with most things, it requires some planning.  With some of this and some determination to carry it out, it is possible to work a few muscles and get blood flowing in those areas that seem to be lacking.

It May Work With Some Yoga

Yoga is one of those activities that most people have seen and have some kind of image in their mind of how they believe it works.  One of the most classic poses is the namaste gesture.  In it, there seems to be that frozen pose.  It may be used in a chair by sitting up with the feet on the floor.  Bringing both palms together, pressure should be applied so that the muscles contract.  Holding for about 20 seconds can provide a little workout.  It is as effective as any isometric exercise.  Repeating as desired may do a respectable job of exercise.

It May the Core

A lot of people struggle with their efforts to build the core.  It is sometimes difficult to isolate.  This is a case in which some of the smaller exercises can actually produce some reasonably good results.  One of these is done by simply sitting in the chair and grabbing the desk in front.  The chair is then made to swivel side-to-side using the core and simply using the arms to stabilize.  One turn both ways is considered a repetition.  Doing 10 to 15 reps can provide an easy but effective workout.

It May Meet Many Needs

You won't have to just follow a script in order to be successful with these exercises.  With a little planning, you can determine what areas you feel you need to work on.  When I had a job in which I spent lots of time at a desk, I tried to be imaginative.  I found that I could work anything from my arms to my legs and many things in-between.  There is no reason to write off exercising simply because you feel you don't have the opportunity.  As they say "make lemonade" if you don't have exactly what you need.  You may find you actually enjoy it.

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