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Take Charge of Your Workout While Sitting

By Tom Herrin

Most people like to be in control of their own bodies and the activities they participate in.  When it comes to exercise, it is often like the weather.  Everyone talks about it, but many don't ever do anything about it.  So many want to put stipulations on it, that is, they would if they could do it a certain way.  In other words, if they can't do it the way they want, they would prefer not to do it at all.  The fact is that even a little exercise is far better than none.  Sometimes those short sessions end up being quite productive.  Exercising while sitting in a chair at work can do a lot of good.

It May Work the Shoulders

When people work for long periods sitting, they often develop some pretty annoying discomfort in the neck and shoulders.  That tension can drive people a little crazy as they look for ways to loosen them up.  A simple but effective way to do this is to grab the chair underneath them and try as if to lift it up.  This becomes a sort of isometric exercise.  Pulling up for several seconds before relaxing can be part of a good workout.  Doing this around five times or so can lead to some success.  Anyone doing this can increase as they see fit.

It May Work the Hips

Most who have had the experience of sitting as part of their work have also had times in which they have had hips ache.  They tend to get stiff and sore.  A little movement can help alleviate some of this.  A good exercise for the hips may be to sit up straight and raise one leg a few inches off of the floor.  While bending the knee at a right angle, holding it for as long as possible.  Switching legs and doing the same thing again can help make a balanced workout.

It Can Be Made as Needed

We can all develop whatever kind of exercise program we need by assessing our own needs.  There is plenty of opportunity to include any useful exercise that may help work out and/or strengthen areas that need a little work.  It may not be the same as a high intensity activity, but it can still produce some favorable results.  Try developing a plan for you, and see what kind of progress you can make.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Bluffton, S.C.

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