Sitting at a computer all day can result in long-term damage to your body. Fortunately, there are plenty of stretches and exercises that can help combat this.
Strengthening your core with this exercise will help you keep a straight posture while seated at your desk. A strong core can help minimize back pain.
The glute bridge also works to strengthen your core, in addition to your butt and hamstrings.
Your whole body benefits from squats. They strengthen butt, lower back, and leg muscles, as well as building up hip flexor muscles. After sitting all day, squats also help relieve tension in tight hips.
These are another great way to build core strength as well as increasing mobility in your knees and hips.
Get moving! Any exercise that boosts your heart rate for an hour will offset negative effects of sitting for 8 hours a day.
Yoga and Pilates are both great ways to strengthen your core and improve hip flexibility. Some gyms, such as our friends over at CORE Personal Training and Pilates Studio, will work with you to accomplish these goals by working with you one on one.
Stretch breaks at work
If you have a fitbit, utilize the setting that tells you to get up and move every hour. It alerts you when you haven’t reached 250 steps yet, but can also be used as a reminder to just stand up and stretch.