Sitting is often the demonized as the culprit to why we end up getting stiff.
It is more likely that the lack of activity, compounded on a daily basis is more of the driving factor, and sitting is just an ingredient to inactivity.
Being able to create some crossing patterns in the body will help restore our natural rotations and shift our body from side to side.
As a bonus it can help with using both hemispheres of the brain, having a beneficial effect on our learning and alertness which could lead to more productive work afterwards.
Here are two of our favorite crossing patterns you can do at your chair.
Bringing the elbow to knee, and reaching to opposite toes. Perform 10 times each side, breathing out as you come closer together.
The goal is to stay relaxed, and you don’t need to force the movements, It’s fine if you don’t actually touch the knee and elbow or the hand and foot. Just the act of crossing over is plenty.
Another exercise we like is to open up the hips by doing a cross legged stretch with the chest going towards the supported leg. Hold here for 20-30s for 3 sets per side, breathing easily the whole time.
Now you have 3 easy strategies you can implement right during your work day, without having to go for a long walk or do anything crazy. You can do it right at your desk!
Start implementing these today during the work day and your back will thank you for it. You may even like doing them so much that you look forward to it every day.
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Dr. Peter Dionisopoulos is the owner and founder of Dynamic Performance & Rehab. He has worked with many high-level athletes and military personnel, but his true passion is to help active adults maintain their lifestyle by providing information and potential solutions to their aches and pains so they can continue with the activities they love.