Several months ago I made the decision to start an exercise program and do it every day. Going from sitting at a desk for the day job to sitting at a desk at night to write was wrecking my back, not to mention promoting a spread I’d just as soon avoid. Plus my muscles were stiff and I was beginning to have issues with my shoulders and back.
For me, a combination of yoga, aerobic and core exercises worked the best. I haven’t lost a lot of weight but I’ve honed off inches. The best part of all is that I feel stronger, my clothes fit better and I no longer have those old aches and pains.
Exercising every day isn’t always feasible, so I adopted some mini sessions I can do at work at my desk, either at a long break or done in short bursts. I’ve found that I’ll often do them just to ease stress and loosen my muscles.
Here are my five favorites.
- Sitting straight in your chair:
- Try to touch your shoulder blades together. Feel the pull as you hold for ten seconds, relax and repeat five times.
- Facing forward, do a slow twist by turning your head to the right and your torso to the left. Hold for ten seconds, relax and repeat five times.
- Sit tall and stretch both arms skyward. Hold for ten seconds, then extend the left hand higher, then the right. Relax, then repeat.
- Do the butt clench. Again, sitting, tighten your buttocks, hold for ten seconds, relax, then repeat ten times.
- Ten second ab squeezes. Just like the butt clench, but you tighten your stomach muscles. Suck in the gut, hold for ten seconds, relax and repeat ten times.
These are super easy and can be done at least once a day on the job.
So tell me do you have any mini exercises you do to ease stress and tone? How about your workout sessions? What’s the one exercise that you do faithfully?