Exercise Does Not Have to Even Involve Standing
By Tom Herrin
Most of the time, when people think of trying to get in a little exercise, their mind focuses on the more classic type. Running or any of a variety of other things almost immediately come to mind. Too often, they dismiss the potential of exercising while they sit in a chair at their job. Defining how they should be getting that exercise is pretty common for most people. Keeping an open mind about just how to get some physical activity is something that easily escapes them. The old expression about thinking outside the box can be just as true here as it is in some of the other areas. It is possible to get a decent amount of exercise while sitting in that chair.
It May Provide Some Hand Strengthening
People can usually use some kind of activity with their hands. When their time is spent on something such as a computer, they will be using fingers and developing dexterity, but they may not get much actual work with muscles that control the hands. A simple exercise here may be to make a tight fist. They may choose to hold something or not, but they should hold it for a few seconds then release and spread the fingers wide. Getting the full range of movement can be important. It may be best to concentrate on one hand at a time, so alternating hands could be the best idea. Doing this for several reps can strengthen the hands as well as increase the blood flow.
It May Improve Abs
A lot of people really want to do something to strengthen their abs. While nothing short of good dieting will get to that ripped look, an easy exercise is to inhale slowly and tighten the abs while doing so. They can hold for as long as possible before releasing. Doing this several times can help to tighten those abs as they sit. It is also a good break from the routine.
It May Challenge the Mind and Body
We all tend to fall into a trance at times as we sit in a chair and perform our regular routine. Finding ways to break that is sometimes as much of a task as anything. If we will choose to focus on things we can do to improve ourselves as we sit there, we may be surprised at the results. At times, I have been one of those who felt as if I wanted to go all out or do nothing. I found that I could really accomplish quite a bit by doing things in small bits. In a short time, you may be able to notice the difference.
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