Sitting is known to be the primary cause of back pain. It is also not good for blood circulation which can lead to cardiovascular disease. Today, most people are required to sit and work in front of the computer too long hours which can be detrimental for the body. The excessive use of keyboard and mouse can stiffen your muscle and can cause pain in your hands, arms, and neck. Thus, it can be very unhealthy for your body.
Don’t worry, we have simple exercises you can still do while glued to your chairs. Yup, even your busy schedule is not a valid excuse!
Helps tone: Shoulders and triceps
Here’s How: Sit on the edge of the chair with your feet together. Place your hands on the edge of the seat on each side of your thigh. Shift your body weight forward and lower yourself off the chair.
Helps Tone: Hips and thighs
Here’s How: Sit still on the chair. Put your arms on both of your sides. Extend your right leg until it’s parallel with the floor. Lift your leg as high as you can without bending your back. Hold it for three counts. Repeat with the other leg.
Helps Tone: Oblique and core muscles
Here’s How: Sit in a chair and make sure your back is straight. Place your hand behind your neck with your elbows straight and parallel to your head. Lower your elbow towards your right hip. Return to an upright position and then repeat, taking the left elbow down to your left hip. To ensure the engagement of your abdominals, repeat this exercise 10 times each side.
Helps Tone: Core and Thigh muscles
Here’s How: Hold both sides of the chair with your hands. Bring your right knee up to your chest height to tighten up your abs. Lower your right knee and alternately do the same with your left knee. Breathe out as you perform the movement. After seconds, inhale as you return to your starting position.
Helps Tone: Feet and Toes
Here’s How: Take off your shoes if possible. Sit up straight and with both feet resting on the floor. Raise one foot, then “write” the alphabet using your big toe. Spread and curl your toes while making the letters. Repeat with the other foot.
No more excuses from being fit and healthy. With these simple and easy chair exercises, you surely see improvements to your fitness level even on you’re sitting!