Here’s something that may come as a surprise to you – your body wasn’t designed to be in one position for more than 15 minutes. With many people working office jobs where they’re inside sitting for prolonged periods of time, 15 minutes of sitting isn’t even a warm-up.
Ideally you want to be getting up every time to keep it moving and do what’s ideal for our body, but realistically, getting up every 15 minutes for a walk would make you wildly unproductive. Therefore, 30-60 minutes is a more reasonable goal. Even doing a short mobility routine or walk to get water whenever you become conscious about it is better than nothing.
Here are a few mobility routines that you can try out the next time you realize you’ve been in the same position for way too long:
- Standing Back Extension
- Stand up straight and place your hands on your hips.
- Bend backwards (extend your back) to your pain-free end range.
- Hold that for 5 seconds and repeat 10 times.
- Scapular Retraction
- Squeeze your shoulder blade together like you’re trying to hold a cup of water.
- Hold for 5 seconds and repeat 10 times.
- Neck Extension
- Ensure proper posture and form (slightly extended low back and retracted shoulder blades).
- Look up at the ceiling while relaxing your jaw (to get maximum ROM) and hold for 5 seconds. Then look down at the floor and keep it there for 5 seconds.
- Repeat this about 8-10 times.
These mobility exercises were made to open your body up and work the opposite way that your office desk posture does. Now you know why you should stay moving and you have some tools under your belt to support this. Happy desking!
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