It is estimated that around 80% of people in the UK are desk-based or sedentary (and therefore exercise-less). leading to low or no exercise being taken for the vast majority of the day, and posture suffering. This is not without consequence to overall health, and particularly posture. This in itself has knock-on effects that can seriously damage our health and well-being in later life. Ed Groenhart, chiropractor at Cambridgeshire Family Chiropractic Centre, offers some exercises to mitigate these effects.
Here are the three most common, simple exercises that I commonly recommend to sedentary workers who come to see us here for help with postural issues, such as scoliosis and stoop posture. These exercises should be done ideally at every break from the desk (every half an hour is recommended). This is important for everyone, but even more if you are <a href="http://www viagra 100 posologie.cambridgefamilychiro.co.uk/uncategorized/activity-during-pregnancy/”>pregnant, or have recently had a baby.
- Stand up, stretch your arms above your head, then down again, palms facing outward. Rotate your shoulders backwards a dozen times.
- Tuck your chin in towards your neck, and slowly roll your head down, until you feel a slight stretch in the back of the head or neck. Slowly reverse this movement, and repeat three times.
- Sit back down and lean your body to the left and right in your chair (ensure if it’s on castors that the chair cannot suddenly tip!). When you lean to the left, drop your left arm down the side towards the floor, and bring your right arm up over your head. Slowly return to centre, then repeat to the right.
You’re now ready to return to your projects, but remember to set an alarm on your computer, phone or watch for another half hour. If you encounter any pain or discomfort, cease that exercise and contact a qualified health professional for further advice.