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A Sitting Workout May Help Get Ready for Swimsuits

By Tom Herrin

The idea of sitting in a chair as a form of working out may sound a little ridiculous to many.  After all, the vision in the minds of so many is to see themselves up and bouncing or running or doing some other kind of highly active exercise.  When people have jobs that require sitting in a chair for much of the day, it is pretty easy to become discouraged and lose interest or drive.  By the time many people get home from work in the afternoon, they have many other items on their agenda and can't seem to find quality time to work out.  This does not have to be the case.  It is possible to have a respectable workout while sitting in a chair at work, and it doesn't have to take away from doing their job.  As a matter of fact, it may well improve the quality of their work.

It May Allow Incorporating Some Yoga

Many people still see some activities as something a little far out of the mainstream.  Yoga is thought of by many as some foreign activity that is only for people with some far out ideas.  The namaste gesture is one that may be done well while sitting.  It is done by sitting up straight with the feet on the floor.  The palms are brought together in front of the chest and pressure is applied so that the muscles become tense.  Holding that position for about 20 seconds can effectively work those muscles.  This could be repeated as many times as desired.

It May Work the Legs

A lot of the time, sitting does not provide much opportunity to work the legs.  Doing something that comes somewhat natural is sometimes best if it is possible.  Most people cross their legs to relax.  A simple activity to work the legs is to extend the legs as far as possible while they are crossed.  Pressing down with the top leg as resistance is applied with the other leg can work them both.  Holding for 20 to 30 seconds can be a good workout.  Repeating with the other leg can mean good balance of exercise.

It May Be Exercise and Break

Not only do these activities help to get in a little exercise, but they also help to give a break from the norm.  I have a tendency to get pretty sluggish when I sit as I work for long periods of time.  Simple exercises can help to get the blood flowing and help you feel a little rejuvenated.  I have also had some pretty good luck with building a little muscle with some of these isometric type exercises.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Corpus Christi, Tex.

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