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Let Your Chair Be a Base for Exercise

By Tom Herrin

For those who feel the need for more exercise, working in a job in which they feel somewhat tied to a chair can be frustrating.  They may try to schedule their time to do something after work, but when it falls through, they may give up.  That is limiting their perspective.  It is possible to create a routine for exercising while sitting in their chair that can work a few muscles and get the blood flowing.  Most people who work in such a situation have a tendency to become sluggish at times even when they are pretty busy.  They may be able to kill those two birds with one stone in that they can take a break and get exercise as they are sitting.  It may make them a more productive worker.  It can do some other good things.

It May Incorporate a Little Yoga

Most people are familiar with some of the kinds of things that can serve as exercise.  Yoga is something that many think of as meditating, but it is actually much more.  The namaste gesture is something that can be done while sitting in a chair.  It is done by sitting up straight and bringing the palms together in front of the body.  Applying pressure so that the arm muscles contract and holding for 20 seconds or so can be a good amount of work.  It may be done as much as desired.

It May Work the Legs

Another useful exercise is to sit with the legs crossed, as people do so often.  Extending the legs as far as possible while trying to press down with the top leg and resisting with the other can be a good workout.  Holding this for 20 to 30 seconds then repeating by crossing the other way can do a reasonably good job of working the leg muscles.  This is also another good activity to do to wake people up when sluggish.

It Is a Chance to Be Creative

Exercising while sitting can be a good opportunity to play with a few activities.  Finding some that can work the muscles you feel need exercise can allow a good break from the routine.  When you can't be active as you would like, a good plan for exercising while sitting can be a great way to keep muscles in some kind of condition and change the pace of your day at the same time.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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