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Exercise Without Leaving the Desk

By Tom Herrin

The need to work out does not go away just because someone has a job that keeps them in an office.  Those with jobs that allow more movement and freedom seem to be fewer and fewer.  So many jobs today require people to be somewhat restricted to a chair even if they are not confined in an office.  This is no reason to ignore physical activity.  With a little planning, anyone who spends a lot of their time sitting can still work muscles and move blood throughout the body.  For those who often feel that if they can't go all the way in an exercise program they won't do anything at all, these exercises that may be done while sitting can be quite productive.

It May Work the Shoulders

When people sit for long periods of time, they tend to find themselves with a stiff neck and tense shoulders.  It is possible to spend a few minutes of exercise while sitting in a chair with good results.  It can be done by grabbing the chair with both hands and attempting to lift it up.  Pulling and holding for around 10 seconds and releasing can work those muscles.  With this as one rep, repeating about five times can serve as a short workout.  

It May Work the Legs

Most people sit with their legs crossed as a way to relax and change positions.  This can be done while sitting with a few modifications.  With the legs crossed, they may be extended and raised as high as possible.  Pressing down with the top leg can create resistance.  Holding for close to a half minute can do a good job.  Switching legs and doing the same thing with the other leg can complete this simple workout.

It May Allow You to Take Advantage of Your Time

Taking charge of a workout can make you feel you have greater control over your health.  Finding some creative ways to exercise while sitting at your work space can help to work muscles as well as get blood flowing and avoid sluggishness.  Find something that works for you and it may be a great way to use a few minutes you can carve out of your schedule.  It can allow you to be more productive at work and save time you might have otherwise used at home.  Get your family or friends involved in trying to find the best way to make the most out of this workout.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in West Hollywood, Calif.

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