Precious office time can cause some serious degenerative diseases. When you live like Gollum you can expect to start looking like him too. Terrible rounded impinged shoulders, a hunchback with forward head carry and deactivated tight dehydrated hip stabilisers with trapped nerves shooting you like you're in a Wild West movie with Clint Eastwood.
Maybe you should do something about it, but wait you're not done yet just a few more hours then you can drive home and sit down to relax and watch another drama with story-lines where other people's lives are messed up. Does it make you feel better?
Anyway this blog isn't totally about highlighting a problem you may have. It's about giving you an incentive to take a precious 3 minute time out at the office to do these 3 simple exercises that I found most useful, which make you look nutty but will most importantly help you to avoid your body becoming a posture disaster. Prevention's best right?
You can reverse the downward spiral your on. Take it from me, a man just 26 years old, who just a few years ago moved like an 84 year old man who's just had hip, shoulder, knee, back and foot surgery. I used to be fragile. My Gollum like lifestyle was to blame for that. I was lucky because I was assessed and taught by the best . Today I move and work like an Office Ninja!
Try these... 1 minute each
1- Start with a slight bend at your knees, then rotate your upper body by creating a swing with both arms. Key is to create momentum. Keep your head forwards to de-stress tightness in your neck. Create mobility in your upper spine, neck, hips and ankles. Soothing!
2- Backward lunge reach over head.
Start with a small backward step and increase your lunge stride (step) distance with each 2 steps. Keep your weight on your front leg as you reach with long arms over head. Toes always point forwards. Loosen up and activate weak hips/ankles/feet.
3- Side lunge, from feet together start position. Again, slowly build up your movement to bigger lunge strides. Keep your chest up and push your bum back with a straight back to loosen up the groin/hamstring area. Loosen up and activate weak hips/ankles/feet.
When completed you should feel lighter and free of irritating office aches.
*everyone is unique so please build yourself into exercise. If you exercise following the above then you do so at your own risk. We will not be held accountable for any injuries that may occur. Seek relevant professional guidance with anything you are not totally confident with.
Please feel free to comment below if you found any other exercises useful for 'de-Golluming' your body.
To health & happiness,