There are good days and bad days. And then there are days when you can spare 15 minutes from work and you have no idea what to do! Try a quick 15 minute desk and chair yoga practice and let your muscles and joints thank you for showing them some love. Maybe the increased levels of serotonin will motivate you to keep up a regular practice.
It is widely understood now that sitting for long duration can cause a variety of health issues. Not only do we gain weight in all the wrong places, but our muscles atrophy, our joints get weaker. Not to mention persistent tightness in the hips, a sensitive back, and the plethora of issues that start cropping up owing to weight gain. Funnily enough, we are well aware of these work-related health challenges. The company HR diligently reminds you to stay fit and active in the last employee engagement workshop, your colleague is trying a trendy new diet that will help lose weight in a week and you have almost made up your mind to invest in a high quality Fitbit your friend recently wore. But not just yet.
We have become masterful at procrastinating, especially about those aspects of life which don’t come with a deadline or KPI (key performance indicator) attached. And health is one such aspect that almost always gets sidelined amid the mad rush of every day life until one day something in our body cries out for help.
It is time to become proactive and take charge of our bodies and overall wellness. There are simple, practical everyday solutions available for better mobility and health that are readily accessible and will not burn a hole in your wallet. One such is the easy practice of desk/ chair yoga that can allow you to stay active and energetic even on the most frenzied days.
Try this sequence of chair and desk-based movements that will release the stiffness from your joints, provide a much-needed stretch to your muscles as well as keep the spine supple and flexible.