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Alternate Ways to Exercise Are Not Bad

By Tom Herrin

Almost everyone feels that they need to get more exercise.  The problem often is that they simply cannot find enough time to work it into their day.  Many are so tired after a workday that they can't seem to bring themselves to put in the extra effort to get involved in an aggressive workout.  For those who work in jobs in which they spend a lot of time sitting in a chair, there are some things they can do as they sit that can still provide a pretty good opportunity to build some muscles and improve strength.  It is easy, can save time, and works really well for some people.

It May Work With Isometrics

There are all kinds of isometric exercises, and they may be done with considerable success.  Yoga works on the basis of using some of this.  The namaste gesture is one that is easy to do and can be accomplished while sitting in a chair.  It is done by sitting up straight and bringing the palms together in front of the chest, applying pressure so that the arm muscles contract.  Holding this position for about 20 seconds can be adequate.

It May Help Work the Abs

Many people have trouble working their abs as well as they would like.  Of course, one of the main issues is that they may fail to work hard enough to lose weight.  That belly fat will not go away with exercise alone, but it is possible to work those abs while sitting.  This can be done by taking a deep breath through the nose, tightening the abs while inhaling.  Squeezing and holding for 10 seconds or so will do.  Repeating this for several times can strengthen the abs.  If this is combined with some good weight loss, the results may be pleasing.

It Can Be an Opportunity to Sculpt the Body at Work

While working out as you sit is not going to really bulk you up, it can actually do much more than you might think.  These simple exercises can help to plug away at those areas that you have identified as needing improvement.  I have done some of them and was quite pleased with the results.  If you are serious about trying to work out but have limited time, try some of these.  Make a plan and see what kind of success you have.

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

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