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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