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Have You Worked Out at Your Desk Job?

By Tom Herrin

The idea of working out is generally something that most people give a little thought to but often ignore.  It is not that they don't want to as much as it is something that they have difficulty making time for.  Those who work in jobs in which they are more physically active have some advantage.  Those who work in jobs in which they sit for most of the day must rely on some other ways to get any kind of activity.  With some planing, it is possible for people to get a reasonably good workout while sitting at a desk or work station.  It can do a good job of taking the place of a more active routine.

It May Help Build Arm Strength

Many people fail to do enough physical activity to develop their arms.  It is possible to work the arms while sitting in a chair.  This can be done by sitting up straight and grabbing the chair in which they are sitting.  Trying to lift as if they are lifting the chair in which they are sitting, they do so until the muscles are contracted and tense.  Holding this for about 10 seconds and releasing can serve as one rep.  Releasing and repeating five or so times can be a respectable workout for the arms.

It May Work the Legs

The legs tend to be neglected when people work at sitting jobs.  They sit for such long periods that they are often really stiff when they finally stand up.  Doing a little work while sitting may be all they need.  A good activity here can be to extend the legs while they are crossed.  Raising them as high as possible and applying pressure for resistance with the other leg will provide good work.  Holding for 20 to 30 seconds will test stamina a bit but will be a good workout.  Switching legs and doing the same the other way can complete the activity.  

It May Be a Chance to Personalize a Workout

Exercising while sitting may provide a great opportunity for you to work whatever parts of your body you feel needs work.  Many of these are isometric exercises, and you have to be a believer in their success.  I have had good results with these kinds of exercises.  They may be able to help build muscle as well as be a good way to wake up from some of that sluggishness we all get after sitting so long.  It is also a great way to take advantage of a little time at work to do something for yourself.

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

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