Most work in today’s world is done at a desk. Americans sit a lot, on an average of 8-13 hours a day. Medical research is showing that prolonged sitting is dangerous; it has been shown to be associated with a significantly higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and depression, as well as muscle and joint problems. Those muscle and joint problems result in an inflexible spine, disk damage, mushy abs, tight hips, and limp glutes.
Below are a series of exercises and stretches that will help you survive sitting at a desk all day. Practicing these daily will help improve your posture and alleviate certain aches and pains associated with sitting all day.
If any of the stretches or movements below cause pain, stop and seek a professional help. You could have an underlying issue.
As stated previously, getting up and moving more is most important. Below is a quick movement routine you can do at your desk. Ideally you should do this once every 2-3 hours. See the videos below.