It’s no surprise that after sitting at a desk we experience pain. We may get achy hips, a sore neck and a mid-back that’s just atrocious.
If you’re a parent you probably know what I mean even more! Constantly bending over, reaching and awkwardly grabbing for objects you can barely reach while straining with all your might.
Well, here’s three things I’ve always found to work well when it comes to UNDOing the Desklife pain.
1 – Motion in the form of standing. Stand up, put your arms over your head and squeeze your glute and quad muscles (every 30 minutes).
2 – Activate your upper back. As gravity pulls you forward you need to find a way to do the opposite. Remember that the front muscles will get tight and shortened (chest) while the upper back muscles get weak (and dormant). Wake them up with the band pull-up. I keep a band in my workbag so I remember to perform these daily.
3 – Since you spend so much time with the hips flexed. Spend some time doing the opposite (hip extension). Train the exact opposite position so that your hip flexors don’t get more short/tight. It’s relative simple to hang out in what we call the “couch stretch” (you don’t have to be an athlete).
I wish there was a magically, one time cure to offset the effects of sitting. But there is not.
Aim to do all of these each and every day. It’s all about breaking up a bad habit and re-training your body. That bad habit may have been ingrained for 20+ years… now you have to start un-training that habit.
And we all know how habits are to learn if we have kids. Once you’ve set a precedent it begins to get really challenging to change things up.
Let me know how it goes? If it seems overwhelming pick option #1 to start with and apply it for 6-8 weeks.