Have you ever heard of “computer body”? It’s what your body turns into when you use the computer all day. It is bad posture, neck and back aches, and weak muscles from not moving around!
This weekend, I spent hours on the couch reading and watching the new season of Fuller House, so not only do I have computer body, I also have couch body.
Now that I’m trying to take my new writing project more seriously, it means that I’m spending more hours hunched over my computer or a book. It helps that I have a standing desk both at work and at home, but that’s not enough.
Moving around and keeping circulation going is essential for everyday life!
At my desk, I did mini stretches and exercises. I have no shame and don’t care how I look in front of others. Isn’t my health more important?!
Here are some things I do that help me. I do all of these very slowly except for number 4.
- Shoulder rolls
- Neck rolls
- Half Windmills/Arm Rotations (Put your hands on your shoulder and make full rotations). This is great for people with shoulder injuries. Full rotations with your arms fully extended put extra weight and stress, so this is a better option. This is probably the BEST should/arm stretch that I do. The effects are immediate!
- “Raise the roof” motions. You might feel silly about this, but after a minute or two, your arms and should will warm up nicely!
- Rond de Jambe
- Attitudes Only if you have space!
For anyone who spends too may hours at your desk, I highly recommend standing desks. It encourages you to move around and fixes some of the bad posture issues that come with sitting in chairs. The best part is that you don’t have to spend any money to get one!
I do have a fancy standing desk at work, but at home I have a make shift one by putting an old bench on top of my desk. Before that, I used a plastic storage bin and cardboard box! The options are endless!