If you’re one of the millions of people who spend a lot of time in front of a computer then you may want to seriously think about ways to prevent strains and aches. Many people suffer from neck, back and wrist pain after sitting at their computer for prolonged periods.
If you want to ease the aches and pains — or perhaps prevent them altogether — then there are some exercises that you can do right at your desk or gaming station that can help. Here are ways to stay active while logging time which you can start today.
Finding the Time is Easy
You may think that you need a solid half hour or so in order to make a workout worth it, but there are plenty of times while you are on the computer that you can sneak a few exercises in.
If you are playing an online game that requires you to wait in a lobby for your next turn, there can easily be five or 10 minutes that you could use to exercise your muscles and get your heart rate up a bit. If you play for long stretches of time and you do this between each match, you may find yourself having done close to an hour of exercise.
Even incremental exercises can help ease pains and prevent future injuries. Just a little bit at a time can go a long way.
The best way to prevent injury is to keep your muscles limber, and just a few minutes of stretching can really help.
The easiest one to do is called the upward stretch. You can do this standing up or sitting down, so you don’t even have to get up from your comfy gaming chair if you don’t want to. Just interlock your fingers, raise your hands above your head, and stretch your palms toward the ceiling. This activates all of the muscles in your neck, back and arms.
Don’t forget about your lower body, either. Try doing some hamstring stretches to keep your legs loose, especially if you sit for long periods without breaks.
Stick With the Classics
If you don’t want to get into a full exercise routine, you don’t have to. There are plenty of tried-and-true exercise you can do for short intervals.
Push ups are still one of the best ways to work out your upper body without using weights. Sit ups are great as well for your abs and other core muscles that will help support your back when you are sitting. Just make sure that you do each of these exercises correctly, or you may hurt yourself.
Jumping jacks are another exercise you can do anywhere. Just two or three minutes of jumping jacks will get your heart rate up and your blood pumping for your next adventure. Do five or so sessions a day and you’ll be ready to take on anyone.
Prevent strains and injuries by exercising whenever you can.
Aaron Turner is a Father of two teenage sons and works as a GP. Worried about the effect today’s technology is having on the health of young people, he devised some ways that health risks can be minimized, he shares his tips and ideas in his articles.
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