My photo..Ft. Meyers, Fl. 2012..(click on photo to enlarge it)
This wise bird is only resting
awhile before continuing it's search for the next meal. It will not sit there very long, for if it did it would not survive.
Many of us
are in danger of cutting our lives shorter because either our jobs or other interests, put us in a situatation where we are sitting for too long a period of time.
article can be a wake up call for many, it was for me! I will be taking exercise breaks when I am doing work on the computer and doing other things that require me to sit to do them.
Sitting too long?
Sitting for extended periods of time also increases your risk for premature death, and separate research found that women who sat for more than seven hours a day had a 47 percent higher risk of depression than women who sat for
four hours or less per day.
Even temporary vigorous exercise can't completely compensate for the damage incurred by prolonged daily sitting. and longevity. So keep in
mind that your couch can kill in one of two ways… via chemical exposures (flame retardants, etc.) and by seducing you into too much sitting.
Of course, you may also be doing a lot of sitting elsewhere, like
at your office desk or in your car. see the tables below. Try to do one set of three exercises anywhere from once every 15 minutes to once per hour throughout your day. For even more suggestions, please refer to ( Dr. Mercola's) previous article on intermittent movement.
Technique #1: Standing Neck-Stretch: Hold for 20 seconds on each side.
Technique #2: Shoulder Blade Squeeze: Round your shoulders, then pull them back and pull down. Repeat for 20-30 seconds.
Technique #3: Standing Hip Stretch: Holding on to your desk, cross your left
leg over your right thigh and "sit down" by bending your right leg. Repeat on the other side.
Technique #4: The Windmill: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, then pivot your feet to the right. Push your hip out to the
left. Raising your left arm skyward, and your right arm toward the floor, lower your body toward the floor while looking up, and then raise your torso back to standing position. Repeat on the other side.
Technique #5: Side Lunge:
Starting with your feet together, take a medium step sideways, and bend down as if you're about to sit. Use your arms for balance by reaching out in front of you. Return to starting position, and repeat 10-20 times. Repeat on the other side.
Technique #6: Desk Push-Up: Place hands a little wider than shoulder-width apart on your desk. Come up on your toes to make it easier to tip forward. Do 10 repetitions.
Technique #7: Squat to Chair:
With your feet shoulder-width apart, sit down, reaching forward with your hands, and stand back up in quick succession. Do 15-20 repetitions.
Technique #8: Single Leg Dead Lift: Place your right hand on your desk, and
place your weight on your right leg. Fold your torso forward, while simultaneously lifting your left leg backward. Do 10 repetitions on each side.
Technique #9: Mountain Climber: Get into a push-up position on the floor.
Pull your right knee forward to touch your right wrist or arm, then return to push-up position. Repeat on the other side. Try to pick up the pace, and do 20 quick repetitions.
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|Standing Neck Stretch ||Shoulder Blade Squeezes ||Standing/Seated Hip Stretch |
|Windmill ||Side Lunge ||Push up |
|Squat to Chair
||Single Leg Dead Lift ||Mountain Climber |