Working out is hard. Not only because of the demanding exercises, but when you’re a professional focusing on your career, it can be difficult to take out a couple of hours every day to hit the gym. As a result, we’ve seen the growth of a lot of work-related physical conditions that can be attributed to a sedentary lifestyle.
The good news is, even if you’re not going to the gym, all it takes is a few steps to ensure that your back, neck and eyes don’t pay the price for your desk-based lifestyle. Here are a few easy desk-based exercises to start your off.
1. The Puppy Dog
Sit up straight. Try to touch your right ear to your right shoulder. Hold for 10 seconds. Do the same with your left ear. 10 repetitions.
2. Up Into The Sky
Interlace your fingers with your palms facing out. While sitting in the same position, try reaching as high as you can.
3. What’s Around
Turn your head to the right, try to look over your shoulder. Hold for a few seconds. Repeat for the other side.
4. Open Up
Sit straight. With your hands behind you, press your palms together. Hold for 10 seconds.
5. 20/20/20 Vision
Every 20 minutes, take your eyes off your computer and focus your eyes at anything kept more than 20 ft away for 20 seconds.
These should at least protect your neck, back and eyes from severe strain, but some things are unavoidable. Fix your posture while you’re at your desk, take regular breaks to walk around and stretch your legs, and lastly eat and sleep well.