Couch Potato Alert - Simple tip to squeeze in a bit of exercise

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Hmmm, the subject should probably be "computer jockey alert," since most of us spend an inordinate amount of time plopped in front of the screen. My butt literally gets sore from sitting too long. Hate to admit it, but my legs have actually gone numb.

So... today, I was waiting yet again for Market Samurai to complete a competition search. Normally, I just read email or a few Warrior posts, or switch over to MNF to set up my next search.

But today, I managed to get out of my chair and jog in place until the search was complete. Wow. Got some blood pumping and everything. Hey, I might even be able to work longer. Cool.

In just the past hour, I've done this at least 5 times. Each time the system's going through some process where I have to wait, I've jogged in place or done a few stretches.

I tend to be an "all or nothing" kind of person. If I can't get in an hour-long walk or get to the gym for an hour, then it's not worth it. But that's so not true. Every little bit helps. As a former massage therapist, I know that. But knowing stuff and actually doing it are often entirely different animals.

Do whatever works for you. Walk or jog in place, do a few jumping jacks, some stretches, just about anything to get moving. Thirty seconds here, a minute there... it adds up.

Just some food for thought (now that I'm thinking more clearly with some blood circulating).
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  • Profile picture of the author Barbara Eyre
    Jan,

    One can be amazed at how fast 3+ hours fly by before you know it, and you wonder why you are all still when you go to stand up. I've VERY guilty of just sitting for hours and barely moving.

    My biggest problem with sitting at the computer over the last few years is the front of my calves (umm, the shins actually LOL) have developed a collage of reddness, purple splotches and an ashy color. There is no numbness or such, but have been told it's a circulation problem developing. I am constantly shifting my legs, bouncing my legs, doing calf and ankle stretches, etc ... but obviously that hasn't done anything to prevent this condition from occurring.

    So, doing the little things like running/walking in place, full body stretches, etc could really be beneficial to us computer chair potatoes ... or are we yams?

    Good reminder for us all!
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    • Profile picture of the author Loren Woirhaye
      Originally Posted by Barbara Eyre View Post

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      My biggest problem with sitting at the computer over the last few years is the front of my calves (umm, the shins actually LOL) have developed a collage of reddness, purple splotches and an ashy color. There is no numbness or such, but have been told it's a circulation problem developing. I am constantly shifting my legs, bouncing my legs, doing calf and ankle stretches, etc ... but obviously that hasn't done anything to prevent this condition from occurring.
      Inversions, as in a yoga shoulder stand, often help with circulation
      issues. Just getting your feet above your heart is a good idea and
      easy to do by lying on the floor with your legs on a chair or
      couch. While blood circulation is important and something to
      be looked at, circulation of lymph is equally important to long
      life and health. Lymph is heavy and has a hard time moving up,
      against gravity, to where it is cleaned in the bile system - so
      helping it move by inverting your body is a very good idea for
      health maintenance.

      Poor circulation is often indicative of weakness in the internal
      organs - which is very common in the west because our
      stressful lives and generally denatured diets make things
      hard on our organs. A good Chi Kung teacher will be able to
      offer a lot of insight and simple exercises to improve your
      circulation. It's really worth learning something about and
      delivers more health bang for your time invested than any
      other system I've explored.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kat Bartone
        squeeze in a bit of exercise
        LOL, I thought you must have been referring to isometric exercises, many of which can be done right from within your chair.

        Just a few here:

        5 Isometric Exercises You Can Do at Your Desk | 3FC
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        • Profile picture of the author grayambition
          Hey all,

          Great additional tips! Glad we got this conversation started.

          Barbara - re "or are we yams?" - I've always referred to myself as a rutabaga when I'm feeling especially fuzzy/lazy/vegetative. But yam works too.

          Lee - Yeah, the reminders are important. There are several software programs, both free and paid, depending on how many bells and whistles you want, that will pop up at specified intervals and run you through a set of desk exercises.

          FivestarHB - re "If you are in an office, get up and talk to someone rather than sending them an email." Funny thing about that. When I worked for a startup as a tech writer, people would give me funny looks and even get annoyed, as if I was invading their space, when I did exactly that. We were all in our little cubicles, emailing the person on the other side of the divider. Crazy.

          Mark - Yep, dogs kinda enforce the whole exercise thing. They don't take kindly to missing their walks. And I forgot all about pumping iron. Glad you brought that up. I keep a few dumbbells (myself included) by my desk and try to remember to actually use them throughout the day.

          Loren - Squats are fantastic. But like Loren says, be careful, especially if you have any knee problems. And inversions are wonderful for all sorts of reasons. When I was doing a lot of massage, people always asked whether my hands got tired or sore. Nope. It was my feet. A few minutes of inversion between sessions made all the difference.

          Kat - lol. I was punning without realizing it. I do the isometric stuff too (nice set of exercises, and I LOVE the 3fatchicks site), and seated leg lifts, etc., but it still doesn't take the place of actualy getting up and moving (for me, anyway).
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          • Profile picture of the author Barbara Eyre
            Thanks for all the suggestions concerning my circulation problem ... will DEFINITELY check into Chi Kung and inversions. Have to do something. Am too young to have these kinds of problems. UGH.

            Great thread - hope more join in on the discussion.
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    I set my windows calender to pop up a reminder ever hour to get up and move around. Otherwise I would probably just sit glued to the computer for 5 or 6 hours straight!

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  • Profile picture of the author FivestarHB
    yes static postures are a killer for our large joints (and small joints come to think of it, my fingers get sore from hovering over the keyword) so we must find ways to do micro stretches or micro jog. If you are in an office, get up and talk to someone rather than sending them an email. Thanks for the remimder.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Blaze
    Whenever i run the senuke account creation and article posting part's i go and fetch the weights and do rep's until it finishes!

    Now some days i wish it worked alot faster than it did but others days i feel great after that mini workout!

    Same goes for every single mid day.. i take the dog for a walk while cycling (much faster than walking and fun) and we spend a good 30 minutes to an hour everyday. Get's me out in the fresh air and my dog enjoys it too

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  • Profile picture of the author Loren Woirhaye
    These exercises are easy to squeeze in and will build
    lots of vitality in your body and strengthen your tendons
    tendons as well as muscles.


    The above exercise is very strenuous but makes you very
    fit if you do it. Go gently if you are out of shape or have
    joint problems.

    There is also a posture I learned in Chi Kung which is
    very effective for increasing vitality, and easy to learn.

    You put your ankles on one chair and your neck, shoulders
    and head on another. You make your whole body stiff
    in between the chairs. The first time most people do
    this they will get tired in less than a minute, but doing
    it often will build a lot of core strength. Even though there
    isn't movement, this is strenuous.

    Both these exercises tone the internal organs, strengthen
    the psoas muscles and increase core body strength a lot.
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