4 Exercises for Desk Workers
In our modern world, sitting has become the default position for many of us, particularly for desk workers. If you're spending your days at a desk, you're likely sitting at work, during your commute, at meals and even in your free time. Unfortunately, this prolonged sitting can cause strain on your body, leading to muscle weakness, tightness and discomfort, including issues like back pain, tight hip flexors and anterior pelvic tilt.
But don’t worry legend, we're here to guide you through four essential tips that you can easily incorporate into your day to counteract the negative effects of sitting. Check out the video below or read the full blog post for more detail!
1. Stretch Those Hip Flexors:
Extended periods of sitting can cause your hip flexors to tighten and shorten. To fix this, it's important to incorporate hip flexor stretches into your daily routine. One effective stretch involves lunging forward with one leg while keeping the other extended straight behind you. This simple yet effective stretch helps lengthen the hip flexors, alleviating tightness and discomfort. Remember to perform this stretch on both sides for balanced results.
2. Strengthen Your Hamstrings:
To counteract the weakening of the hamstrings from prolonged sitting, focus on strength training exercises. When it comes to strengthening hamstrings, the Nordic Bar gets results! It allows for controlled eccentric exercises, effectively targeting and activating the hamstrings. Try out exercises like the Nordic Curl and the Nordic Deadlift with this epic piece of equipment.
3. Fortify Your Core with Planks:
A strong core is essential for maintaining good posture and eliminating lower back pain. The plank exercise is a great way to engage and strengthen core muscles. Start by assuming a push-up position with your forearms on the ground and elbows bent at a 90-degree angle. Maintain a straight line from head to toe, engage your core and hold this position for as long as possible. For targeting the lower abdominals and transverse abdominis muscles, consider adding leg raises or seated knee tucks to your routine.
Sled work is amazing for the core, and the versatility of our BP-Sled 2.0 allows you to include push and pull exercises that specifically engage your core muscles for a well-rounded workout routine.
4. Achieve Balance with the Glute Bridge:
The glute bridge exercise not only strengthens the glutes but also aids in aligning the pelvis and engaging other important muscles. To perform a glute bridge, lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Raise your hips off the floor while squeezing your glutes. Focus on maintaining a neutral spine position and avoid overextending the lower back. This exercise targets the glutes, hamstrings and core, making it an excellent all-around choice for desk workers.
For strengthening your glutes, the ISOTIB-LT is our top pick. With its adjustable resistance, it's suitable for all fitness levels and helps address imbalances and weaknesses. Try glute kickbacks which are an excellent addition to add into your workouts.
By incorporating these four essential tips into your daily routine, you can eliminate the negative effects of sitting, strengthen your body and enhance your overall well-being.
Stretch those hip flexors, strengthen the hamstrings, engage your core with planks and achieve balance with the glute bridge. These exercises can help alleviate discomfort, prevent pain and promote a healthier, more active lifestyle. So give them a crack and feel the difference!