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Getting Up For a Workout May Mean Sitting Down

By Tom Herrin

Sometimes it seems to take a lot of nerve or determination or grit to get in gear for working out.  Simply knowing there is a need to do so is not always enough to motivate people to get going.  Many times, what may appear to be excuses can actually be much more than that.  For those who make exercise their top priority, it may be that no obstacle is too big.  For so many people who have a life to live, which includes things such as work and family, getting a sufficient amount of exercise may be a challenge.  When people work in office jobs in which they sit pretty much all day, finding some way to get that workout in while sitting can be a real time saver.  It is possible to do enough to make a dent in their program.

It May Work the Arms

A pretty simple exercise to do while sitting is to grab the chair and lift as if they were going to pick it up.  This becomes a sort of shrugging motion.  By sitting tall, pulling, and holding for 10 seconds or so, they are able to work those muscles.  Repeating this exercise a good five or more times can help to tense those muscles and firm them up.

It May Help Work the Abs

For most people, working out their abs can be a beating.  It is difficult to see progress even though they work at it often.  Of course, the first thing they have to do is push-away. That is, they have to push away from the table.  Cutting calories is always essential if they really want to have better abs because they can't be seen with excessive fat on the belly.  After that, it is possible to do a few things to help the abs while sitting.  One is to breathe in deep, tensing muscles of the abdomen, hold for close to 10 seconds and release.  Repeating this activity several times can firm those abs some.

It Can Allow Creativity

If you want a little more control over your body and how you develop, you may be able to devise just about any kind of exercise you want to do while you are sitting in a chair.  It can be a great way to loosen up when you feel tense.  It can also be a good way to get the blood flowing and wake up when you are groggy.  On top of all that, you can work muscle in areas that you would like to improve and do a pretty good job of isolating them.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Englewood, N.J.

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