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Technology has provided us with numerous benefits and accessibilities. But if you have been working from home the past couple of years, you may have noticed that while this lifestyle can be productive in many ways, it can also affect our health.
Sitting for longhours a day can cause numerous health issues,from weight gain to high blood pressure,diabetes, heart diseases and other chronic conditions. If you’re working remotely, an easy way to get active is by leveraging your workspace, which includes making the most of your desk, chair and the walls around you.
Here are some desk-friendly ways to get fit.
01. Wall Stretch
Before you begin any exercise, it is essential to stretch your body. This helps loosen up your muscles after sitting for long hours. For a wall stretch, place your hand on the wall with your elbow straight or bent slightly. Turning your body away from the wall,hold the stretch for about 20 seconds. Then repeat on the opposite side.
02. Chair Squat
Chair squats are a great way to strengthen your leg muscles. Your chair can provide added support as you work your glutes, quads and hamstrings.For this, stand up from your chair, and lower yourself again until your thighs gently touch the seat. Keepyour spine alignedwith your head and chest. Repeat 20 times.
03. Desk Squat
Mastered the chair squats? Now trydesk squatStand with your feet closetogether. Slightly bend your knees so the thighs are almost parallel to the floor, as if sitting on a chair. As you bend, raise your arms towards the computer screen or straight up. Hold the squat for a few seconds, then repeat.
04. Seated Plank
Seated plank is a fun plank variation for an effective core workout. For this, siton the edge of your chair andlean back about 30 degrees, keeping your chest straight. Hold the position for 30 to 60 seconds until you feel that burn in your lower back and abs.
05. Seated Bicycle Pedal
Siton the edge of your seat, supporting your upper body on the armrests. Move your legs as though riding a bike, bringing your knees to your chest one after the other. Keep your back straight and contract your abdominal muscles while pedaling in consistent circles.
06. Seated Leg Raises
While seated, lay your arms at the sides and straighten your legs, holding them in place for a few seconds. Then, lower them without letting your feet touch the floor.Repeat this 10-15 times.
While stretching and exercising are great ways to keep your body in check, FCBS Dubai’s physiotherapy program goes a step further by providing a range of activitiesand techniques to help your body maintain mobility, muscle strength and cardiopulmonary fitness. Our programs are designed to help clients prevent health risks caused by a sedentary lifestyle.
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