Mobility Routine for the Desk Worker
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Sitting is the new smoking!! Studies are now being performed that are showing a link between sitting for long periods of time and cardiovascular disease and even cancer.
Even if you hit the gym to lift weights or hit the streets for a run for an hour or more, sitting for more then 6 hours a day will negate your efforts for being fit and healthy. Technically if you sit more then 6 hours in a day you are considered sedentary. And as everyone should know a sedentary lifestyle can lead to many different health concerns including, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol among many others.
The impact of movement can be profound, first off it will help to burn more calories, and a very important factor in my industry, is that it will prevent certain tissues from becoming short and tight which will effect other areas of your body, for instance tight hip flexors which have a significant impact on your low back health.
In the link above I have provided a mobility routine that can be done multiple times a day to ward off any shortening and it will just get you off your ass on your busy work day.
Some more suggestions for preventing complications related to sitting are:
-For every sitting hour get up and move around for 5 minutes.
-Stand while talking on the phone or eating lunch
-If you have to work at a desk, invest in a standing desk.
-perform stretches and mobilizations techniques above at least twice a day.
I hope this helps!