Desk Sitter Mobility: A Plan for Your Posture Problem
Written by Connor Nellans
Many of you head into the gym after sitting for hours while at work which may be one of the worst things you can do for your mobility throughout your entire body. But never fear! Here are some easy strategies you can use to combat the negative effect that sitting at a desk all day has on your mobility.
How to Combat Bad Mobility from Sitting
Go for a walk!
Going for a walk, even if it is 5-10 minutes is a great way to keep your metabolism high throughout the day and well as promote blood flow throughout your body to keep you feeling refreshed and focused during the day. Try to implement two, 5-minute walks outside (you can add time as you like) to your day and you will be amazed how great you will feel! Check out more on the benefits of short walks within your day.
Hold the bottom of a squat!
I love doing this after I sit for long periods of time. I will go to the bottom of my squat and just sit for as long as I feel like, stand, shake out my legs, and repeat 2-3 times. It is a great way to take a break and work on your mobility while doing so. Your co-workers might think you are a bit crazy squatting at your desk, but hey, we’re all a little crazy, right?! Are you up for the 30-Minute Squat Challenge?
Exercise your breath!
Focusing on your breathing for even 60 seconds can have a huge impact on mood, stress levels, and blood circulation. One of my favorite breathing exercises is to breathe in for 5 seconds, hold for 5 seconds, exhale for 5 seconds, and hold the exhale for 5 seconds. I will do this anywhere from 5-20 times until I feel calm and refocused. Rethink your breathing!
Mobility at Your Desk
These tips can be great for when you travel or even if you’re stuck at your desk, in a meeting or on a conference call to keep your brain and body nimble and awake: Airplane Mobility – Tips for Your Trips.
Hopefully, this gives you some good ideas for things you can do throughout your day to stay moving! Try one of them out, or better yet try all of them! Go for a 5-10 minute walk where you focus on your breath with the pattern above and do 5 air squats every minute throughout the walk. That sounds like the silver bullet to fight off that ole desk fatigue!