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Sit Down and Build a Few Muscles

By Tom Herrin

When people think about getting in shape, they most often think about a pretty aggressive workout with exercise groups or sweat dripping off of the face as they run.  Indeed that is a somewhat classic scenario, but there are other ways to exercise.  For those who sit as they work, it is pretty easy to get into a rut.  A good way to take advantage of some of that sitting is to find a way to work out while sitting.  A well-planned routine can make good use of the time, build a few muscles, and provide an eye-opening break.  A little creativity can go a long way.

It May Build Arm Strength

Yoga is a pretty recognizable to most people.  The namaste gesture is one that many think of almost automatically.  It may be done as someone is at their desk by sitting up straight and bringing their palms together in front of the chest.  Pressure is applied so that the muscles contract.  Holding about 20 seconds can provide a decent workout.  It can help the arms and the chest.

It May Help Work the Legs

Most people cross their legs as they relax.  It comes somewhat natural.  While doing so, they may be able to take the opportunity to work those legs.  It is simple.  With the legs crossed, they may be extended then raised as high as possible.  Pressing down with the top leg while applying resistance with the other leg can do a good job of working the leg muscles in a way that is not so common.  Holding this for 20 to 30 seconds will likely be sufficient stress.  Switching legs and doing the same thing with the other will complete the exercise.  With only a few minutes of time used, it serves a good purpose.

It Can Work However You Need

Customizing your own workout is easy.  You simply have to decide what muscles you want to work and make a plan accordingly.  A lot of them may be isometric but there may be others as well.  I have done some of them and had reasonably good results.  The other thing is that it can be a good way to wake up from that drowsiness we all get in the middle day.  It is also great use of time and does not take away from doing your job.  As a matter of fact, it may actually make you more productive.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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