Moves for a Desk Jobs

Sitting isn’t always bad!

A study estimates that people spend in average 18 years of their life sitting.  We definitely need to get up and move more, but if we have a desk job that isn’t always an easy option.  But there are ways we can fit movement in at our desk.  Recently, at a speaking engagement geared toward individuals who primarily work at a desk, I was asked two questions:

1)      What is a great way to stretch your chest while at your desk?

Spinal Rotation is a fan favorite.  It is rare to find a person who doesn’t like this rotational exercise.  While normally done on the floor, you can alter it to be done from your chair.  That means you can fit it in during a quick break.  You can also stand up and try it too! Explore movement that feels good to you.

2)      What can you do for headaches?

Headaches can be caused by lots of different things, and it is worth talking to your doctor if this is a regular occurrence.  Maybe it’s stress, dehydration, jaw clenching, or another medical condition that you want to rule out.  In the meantime, it can’t hurt to try a regular calf stretch and see if that helps, especially if you often wear heels.  Even a low heel (including men’s shoes) can change your musculature and that change alters the rest of your body.  So, try a calf stretch twice a day for a couple of weeks.  Worst that happens is it doesn’t help.  Either way, it’s bound to feel nice on your calves!

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About the Author:

Maggie Downie
Thank you for giving your time to stop and read my blog. I hope it encourages you to keep moving. Move and the body will be happier. And when you're moving you can hike, run, swim in Jell-O, race over non-Newtonian fluids, travel the world or build igloos--if that's your thing. If not, you can watch me do it. This is just a spot to try and feel good about life.

One Comment

  1. Deborah Bax January 17, 2019 at 7:41 am - Reply

    When at my “real” job, I rarely sat down during the day. Now that I’m retired and work from home, I need to set my alarm hourly to remind me to get up for 5 minutes and also drink a glass of water. I need that reminder. I’m eager to know where you are in the top picture. Those chairs look so comfy, and it seems like a place where I can melt. 🙂

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