There are so many people that sit for the better portion of their days either at work, a home office, during meals, watching tv, and various other activities. Despite our knowledge of how hard this is for our bodies, many people are so unhappy or stressed out they struggle to have the energy to get out and about. This is unfortunate, because it is strongly supported that exercise boosts our happiness levels. So, since we are all sitting so much, we wanted to help you out by giving you some insight into a few exercises that will help you sit upright and minimize the damage that excessive sitting does to the human body.
Having an ergonomic and well-made office chair for much of the time you spend sitting down will be very helpful and reduce the amount of aches and pains you have, they don’t help a lot if you continue to slouch and you do not utilize the support. Try these exercises to help you out!
Relax your spine.
Do this by laying on your back, on the floor with your feet pulled in enough that your knees are comfortably bent. Place a rolled towel under your head, just high enough to support your neck. Stay in this position for 10 to 15 minutes and just allow your body to relax. You will feel your spine begin to release tension and lengthen out.
Practice standing up straight.
Yes, really, this will be harder than you think. While we aren’t recommending that you get strapped to a backboard, there are some benefits to practicing standing up straight. To do this, find a wall where you can stand against it without anything in the way. Line your feet, back, and the back of your head against the wall. Stay here for another 10 or 15 minutes. This will help your body remember what it feels like to stand up truly straight.
Leg and arm extensions.
This one you do by getting down on all fours on the floor. Equal out your weight to each of your hands and your knees. Pull your abs in to straighten out your back. Slowly extend one hand and the opposite leg parallel to the floor. Alternate hands and legs. Do as many as you can, maybe starting with ten or so.
Try to fit these exercises in with your regular exercise routine, or start building your routine with these simple exercises. Your body is going to thank you.