It’s an unfortunate reality that many of us are chained to our desks for eight hours or longer each and every day. That’s not to mention the overtime or the work we take home with us on the weekends. It’s a sad fact that most of us spend more time sitting than we do standing, walking, running, or being active, which leaves us open to all sorts of physical issues—like weight gain, back issues, poor circulation, and more.
There are effective ways that you can combat the damage you do by sitting hunched over a computer for long periods of time. Take these for example. You can do them right at your desk to improve circulation, bad posture; rounded shoulders; tight wrists, neck, and back muscles; and to boost your overall core strength so sitting all day long is much easier on your body.
Here are 10 exercises that you can do without even getting up from your desk…
1. Carpal Tunnel Stretch
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common affliction that sets into the median nerve in the wrists from repetitive stress—like typing. It often leads to loss of feeling and movement in the wrist, forearm, and parts of the hand and can cause numbness, tingling, weakness, or muscle damage in the hands. However, you can prevent carpal tunnel by placing your palms on your desk with your fingers pointed toward you. Put pressure down on your hands gradually until you feel the stretch. Hold for 15 seconds each time and repeat 4 times on each side.