As I sit here to begin this article, I feel the tension in my left glute and slight pain starting in the top of my hamstring. I have now been sitting at my desk for almost 3 hours. What a fitting blog topic right? I have written similar articles in the past, but we need to be reminded, we all fall back into our easy habits.
Like many of you I spend way too many hours in front of a screen and often pay the price in the form of pain and tension, swelling in my legs, poor sleep, and other signs that I need to get moving, be less stagnant. Over the course of months or years being so stationary can potentially contribute to a variety of health issues. Reality is that often our work and lifestyle require us to spend time seated.
Pay attention to the aches and pains that start to surface. We’ve all seen the tips, stand up and do a few stretches, go for a walk at lunch. Sure there are ways once we get up from the desk but what about while we are at it? Get things moving while you can’t be moving do you know what I mean?
Perhaps you have mobility issues and due to a medical concern, you have to spend more time sitting that you like. Daily activities can often be challenging, let alone going to the gym or even a walk. I know very well it’s not easy for everyone to get up out of that chair, sometimes our desire is stronger than the body we are working with. You too can take advantage of incorporating simple tools while seated.
There are many ways to combat inactivity. You might even find your productivity improving if you consider a few hacks to get things moving WHILE you are confined to that desk. You can increase blood flow, boost energy and mental clarity and keep tension away while you work. Here’s a few ingenious tools from Lifepro I suggest you consider incorporating under the desk, in front of the sofa or even beside the bed:
FlexStride Pro Pedal Exerciser – this compact under desk treadmill will get your blood flowing, reduce stiff joints and swelling and it’s quiet operation with preset programs make it an easy addition to your day. Waver Mini Vibration Plate – whole body vibration can be effectively used seated or in a standing if you want a little more action and even more health benefits. The Waver Mini is compact, can be controlled via remote control and can be easily moved from under the desk if you wanted try out some standing exercises.
AcuCare Tilt Foot Massager – Boost lymph and circulation while you massage those achy, tired feet. Offering a combination of different massage options - kneading, shiatsu, rolling and adjustable air compression you’ll fins relief fast from anything from swelling to plantar fasciitis.
Taking some time to care for yourself during your day doesn’t have to be a huge amount of time or effort. Listen to your body, stand up for a few minutes if that’s all your can do or look at combining some of these simple tools to your work or leisure time. They will contribute to a better you in the long run.