3 Keys to Desk-job Health

Here are 3 things you’ll definitely do, but might forget to do consciously, during long days at the desk.

1. Breathe – for your respiratory system.

I can’t stress this enough.

You might be breathing properly, but I doubt it. (It’s about as likely as you having good seated posture.)

I’m talking about deep lung breathing.

I’m talking about inhaling the air, holding it in, and savoring it like it contains a vital-for-life chemical (oh yeah, it does.)

Many body aches can be relieved by supplying the right amount of oxygen to your muscles.

Inhaling AND exhaling through your nose is optimal.

However, if you can’t breathe through your nose, your mouth is fine.

 

Try this:

  • Fill your lungs with air at a steady pace that can be sustained for at least 3 seconds.
  • Hold your breath for as long as it took you to fill your lungs.
  • Exhale for twice as long as you held your breath

 

 

 

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2.Stretch – for your muscular system.

This is the most awkward thing to do at work.

Who wants to be that person busting into downward-facing dog in the middle of the office?

Well, it’s better than being the guy with chronic back pain.

There’s a simple Yoga form that is a perfect all-around stretch routine.

I’m going to avoid any Yoga names for these moves/forms because I’ve seen so many different names attached to them.

It doesn’t cover everything, but the other stretches are a little too down and dirty to do at work.

This stretching routine requires very little space so I find it easy to squeeze in a few times throughout the day.

 

Try this:

  1. Pray Standing – stand up straight, arms folded, hands together.
  2. Reach Up – arch back, arms up, reach up, lean back gently
  3. Touch Your Toes – legs straight, feet together, bend over at waist
  4. Hands On The Ground, Crouch and Extend Left Leg Backward – hands on ground, knee under chest, leg extended backward
  5. Push Up Resting Position
  6. Look Up and Push Up – on your toes, arch back, look up
  7. Hands On The Ground,  Crouch and Extend Right Leg Backward – hands on ground, knee under chest, leg extended backward
  8. Touch Your Toes –  legs straight, feet together, bend over at waist
  9. Reach Up – arch back, arms up, reach up, lean back gently

[Repeat]

 

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3. Move – for your circulatory system.

Sedentary lifestyles lead to a lack of blood flow.

Every part of your body relies on blood flow to function.

Jumping Jacks are the ultimate workplace workout because they get your heart rate up fast, they require very little space, and they promote blood flow to the extremities.

They can be done in a bathroom if you wish to be less disruptive to the workplace.

It takes me 50-75 jumping jacks to get my heart rate up and to feel adequate blood circulation.

However, depending on the pace, I’m sure I could get my heart rate up with fewer.

 

How many does it take you? Let us know:

 

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The body is always growing.

Help it grow in the right direction by maintaining these 3 key bodily functions.

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