Online article writers don’t always get conventional exercise. This job requires long hours sitting at a desk. When I take too much time for other things, I lose money. Still, I ride my bike in short spurts as often as I can during the week. When I can’t, there are sitting exercises I can do while working. They can’t completely replace conventional exercise. What I hope they will do is keep me from becoming completely sedentary due to the demands of my writing schedule. I’m no fitness expert. These are just the exercises I do daily at my desk to stay active.
I start by fidgeting.
Yes, I said fidgeting. My mother said not to. I’m a grown-up now, though. I refuse to just sit in my chair, like a massive lump of clay. If I do, I fear that I might become one some day. I move around. I tap my feet. I stretch my arms. I wiggle my toes. I spin my chair around. If I have to sit here all day, I’m going to have fun with it. It feels great to act like a kid again. I may not lose weight, but I will get my blood circulating. I’ve been doing this daily for about three weeks. It really helps.
Walk while sitting.
Here’s a simple exercise I do that seems to keep fluid from building up in my ankles. I plant both feet on the floor. I lift my right heel. I set it down. I lift my left heel. I set it down. I pick up the pace. Once I get going, my left heel hits the ground just as my right heel is taking off. This exercise makes my calves burn a little. I’m hoping that means my calf muscles are engaged. I could stand to build a little muscle after all these years sitting and writing.
Who needs a thigh master?
I can do this one while typing, too! I put my knees tight together. I plant my feet together on the floor. I move my knees as far apart as I can without taking my feet off the floor or apart from each other. I push my knees outward until I feel stress on the inside of my upper thigh. If I feel the stress on the back of my thigh, I sit up straighter. Then, I go back to my original position. I repeat this while increasing speed.
Exercise your face and neck.
I find I can easily do neck/head rolls while writing. I just rotate my head as I work. I roll it back, then to one side, then forward and then to the other side. I keep circling until I work the kinks out. How do I exercise my face? I pretend I’m saying “wow”with exaggerated motion, but no sound. I can really feel it in my neck and face. I’m told this exercise gets rid of that pesky double chin. Let’s hope it works.
Disclaimer: Once again, I am no medical expert, nor am I responsible for any injury you sustain while performing these exercises. These exercises are simply designed to keep me from becoming stagnant and sedentary while writing. I’m hoping that by posting them, I’ll help you do the same. Please consult your physician before starting any exercise routine.
This article was previously published by Jaipi Sixbear on Yahoo! Voices