According to a recent study by the American Cancer Society, women who reported more than six hours per day of sitting were 37 percent more likely to die during the time period studied than those who sat fewer than 3 hours a day.
Try these 3 essential exercises (Part 1 of 2 series of exercises) to release the tightness and stress of chronic sitting. These exercises are designed to impact your mind, body and energetic body. They integrate the use of your postural, movement and respiratory system to bring you to a state of mental, physical and energetic balance.
Your body loves to move, extend, lengthen and expand! This ensures your energy is flowing at it’s best!
Take time to walk, climb stairs, dance and do a form of physical exercise that you love! This ensures that you are living your life to the fullest!
3 Exercises To Relieve the Stress of Chronic Sitting:
1. Align Your Spine in Neutral posture.
Stand up. Bring your shoulders down and backwards. Pretend there is a wall behind you and glide your chin back towards the imaginary wall. Align your ears, shoulders, hips, knees and feet on top of one another. This offers minimum stress to our joints, muscles and nerves in this posture, your energy flows at it’s best when you are in neutral! We feel lighter when we are aligned in neutral. Practice neutral spine while you lay in bed, sit in a chair and also drive!
2. Lengthen The Front of Your Neck in Standing.
When we look down while sitting at desk or computer, we tend to be in a more flexed posture. This stagnates our energy flow and reduces the flexibility of the front side of the body. Move in the opposite direction to balance your body from all those hours of sitting and looking forward with neck extension! Inhale to move your chin up towards the sky. Feel the lengthening of the front of your neck. Look up!!!! Exhale to lower your head back to a neutral spine. Remember to keep your shoulder blades down and backwards while you do this exercise. Notice how you feel after doing this exercises 10 times.
3. Lengthen and Extend the whole spine in standing.
Place your palms along your low back and pelvic area for support. Stack your spine in neutral, retract your chin. Inhale through the nose deeply to extend your upper body backwards. Stay in this extended position for a few seconds, or as comfortably as possible. Stay connected to your breath. Allow your spine to feel lengthened as you also extend. Repeat this exercise at least 10 times and at least every two hours.
Practice aligning your spine, lengthening the front of your body and extending your spine backwards feels like by every day throughout your day.
This keeps you feeling more balanced, open and energized. Exercise and move every day in ways that bring you joy ! This will ensure a long, healthy life!
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