Many people who work in offices come home every night suffering from a bad back, achy neck, sore hip joints or a general feeling of stiffness. The ideal solution to this problem would be not to sit in front of a computer screen all day, but unfortunately most of us can’t do that! Alternatively there are lots of office chair exercises that you can do to help alleviate some of the symptoms of sitting down for long periods of time.
So if you want to feel better after a day at work then try these five office chair exercises you can do at your desk.
Try These Simple and Effective Office Chair Exercises
The Neck Roll
Part of the reason why people suffer aches and pains after a day at the office is that they don’t move enough, which can cause stiffness and achy muscles. To combat a stiff or aching neck try some neck rolls. Start with your head pointing forwards, gently and slowly roll your neck to the left, then to the back and the right in a circular motion, then repeat in the other direction.
The Shoulder Roll
Typing at a desk all day can strain the shoulders, so to avoid this happening bring your hands up to your shoulders and point your elbows out at an angle of 90 degrees. Then gently move your elbows around in a circular motion. Repeat this motion around ten times, then go the other way. You’ll be able to feel the muscles in your shoulders tightening as the exercise does its work.
The Arm Roll
Repeat the shoulder roll with your arms straight. Point your fingers outwards and make small circles with your hands.
The Glute Clench
Did you know that sitting at a desk all day can make your bum grow and can make it much harder to lose weight from the area. If you want to strengthen your glutes all you need to do is clench and unclench your buttocks and repeat. You can do this as many times as you like and you’ll notice that you have firmer buttocks within a few weeks.
The Leg Raise
Many people suffer from restless leg syndrome. This can be caused by things as diverse as stress, diet, poor circulation or sitting in one position for too long. Leg raises are great for combating restless leg syndrome and also strengthen the thigh and calf muscles. Sit well back in your office chairs with your back straight. Put your legs together and slowly raise them until they’re straight out in front of you. Hold this position for ten seconds at a time and make sure that you clench your stomach muscles at the same time too for a flatter tummy.
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