Ever feel like your joints are squeaky and tight? Sort of like the tin man from The Wizard of Oz? This is to be expected if you live a sedentary lifestyle. Students and those with desk jobs do A LOT of sitting. This leads to weight gain, tight hips, and contributes to back or neck pain. Studies show that even if you workout, it isn’t enough. Our bodies will still become rigid and achy. Want to get rid that back pain and achy joints for good? Check out these tips for keeping your body limber and pain free (no oil can needed!)
1. Get Up and MOVE
First tip: get your body moving. While at the office or while studying, set a timer for 30 minutes. Every time it goes off stand up for 5 minutes or take a short stroll.
2. Check Your Posture
Leaning over a desk all day can make your shoulders and back feel like you have an elephant on them. The poor posture causes your ligaments and muscles to become strained. Do a body check while you are working. Is your spine in alignment? Are your shoulders pushed down and back? Are your feet flat on the floor?
I can’t emphasize this enough! Tight muscles from sitting still for too long leads to being achy and sore. Being in the same position for too long causes your muscles to shorten. For example, sitting for too long causes the muscles in the front of your legs to shorten and your hip flexors tighten. This leads to lower back pain. Combat it by making it a daily priority to stretch and lengthen your muscles. Hold each of these poses for 30 seconds to one minute.
Simple Back Twist
Written by GUADS staff member Angelina