Office Exercises: Orthopedic Office Chair Yoga

The vast majority of jobs in the 21st century are either office based or involve a lot of work sitting at a desk and using a computer. As a species we spend far more time sitting than we ever have before, and it means that we just don’t get as much chance to exercise as we used to, or as our bodies need. While regular gym sessions, or walking the dog of an evening are a good way to get out and about, there’s no real replacement to the movement that you would have got with a more active job. It makes being a postman or a delivery person or working in a shop very appealing simply because you don’t have to spend your whole day sitting down.

If you’re locked in an office with just your orthopedic office chairs, desks and extra-large computer monitors for company, it’s not the end of the world though. There are still ways of getting that extra bit of cardio and stretching your weary bones from right there.

The problem with sitting for extended periods is that your muscles literally waste. They become stiff from lack of use, and even stretching becomes more difficult. Just performing a few simple moves for every hour you spend sitting can help give those poor muscles the workout they’ve been craving, and there’s no need to nip to an intense spinning class on your lunch break; they can all be performed from right there in your orthopedic office chairs.

Sometimes chair yoga might look a bit peculiar, but there should be no compromises when it comes to your health – we suggest you get the whole office involved!

Sit up straight in your chair with your legs together. Place your hands together with your palms facing outward and straight in front of you. Raise your hands above your head, towards the ceiling. To work your sides, bend your arms and upper body slowly from one side to the over, holding for several deep breaths.

Sit up straight in our orthopedic office chair with your knees together and your back well supported. Place your right hand on the left arm of the chair, and twist your whole body so your left arm is hooked over the back. Throughout, make sure your back is straight. Then turn the other way and repeat.
You should give yourself a five minute break for every hour of desk work you do, so the perfect way to use this time is to do a little yoga in your orthopedic office chair. You’ll be feeling better in no time!