We're willing to bet that your neck feels a little bit sore right now. A little part of that stiff feeling probably comes from the fact that we just mentioned it, but most of it is thanks to the fact that you've been sitting down at a computer, staring at a glowing screen for who knows how long. Most peoples' desk posture wreaks havoc on their body, but here's a few stretches and exercises that should help—and you can tackle each of them without getting up from your chair.
Even without an exercise ball for an office chair, you can still work through a little task-chair workout.
Over at AOL Healthy Living, fitness columnist Ana Forrest verbally illustrates a bunch of seated exercises you can tackle from a chair. Her stretches and poses were designed to help military personnel "with the stress of their work." Among the exercises are poses designed to loosen up your back, neck, thighs and hips—the areas most affected by periods of extended sitting. Here's one to try right now:
Shoulder Shrugs: These massage out upper back and neck tightness and strengthen the upper back which helps you sit up straight. Inhale, hold the breath. Lift your shoulders high up to the ears and squeeze them straight back. Exhale, squeeze your upper shoulder blades together and drag them down the back. Keep the arms relaxed. Inhale, breath into your upper back. Exhale, pull your mid-shoulder blades together and down. Inhale, broaden the upper back. Exhale, squeeze the bottom tips of your shoulder blades together, elbows squeezing towards each other and drag down. Do three sets.
Even though you can stretch out while staying seated, remember it's still important for your health and your life to get up and get moving if you've been sitting for a while.
Here are a few other ways to stay fit with a tech twist:
- 10 Best Ways To Stay Fit and Healthy At Your Desk
- 5 Tips to Help Those Late-Night Workers
- Xbox 360 Kinect and Barefoot Exercise
- Top Ten Fitness Games for PS3 Move, Xbox Kinect and Wii
- Our Five Favorite Android Apps For Health, Diet & Exercise