In your average work day, do any of these scenarios sound familiar?
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Do you deal with chronic low back pain when sitting at your desk at work?
Sitting for long periods is like hitting the off switch for the muscles of your hips, and causes a break in communication from your hips to your feet. Your hips and feet no longer function as the base of support to the lower back, causing your lower back to do a lot of the work when you go about your day-to-day activities.…
Are you bored with your workouts? Or plateaued? Or short on time? Change things up with this quick, satisfying, and effective routine.
Get back to the basics for a total body workout that even improves your posture!The Boredom Buster Workout
Complete 3 rounds of the following:1. Push-ups – 10 reps
Are you dealing with chronic upper back tension? Here are two exercises to help you that are easy to do at home. Doing these will ease that upper back tension and correct the chronic position of a rounded upper back and shoulders.Static Back Reverse Presses
- Lie on your back with your legs up over a block or chair so your hips and knees are at ninety degrees.
What is the one piece of exercise equipment everybody should own?
It’s lightweight, inexpensive, easy to store, and you can take it along when traveling to get a killer workout.
What is it? A jump rope!
That said, sometimes it’s not as easy to pick up the jump rope as it was when you were a kid. But don’t worry, it’s like riding a bike — it will come back to you.…
This exercise — known as “static wall” — can help reduce tension and pain in the upper back, neck, and shoulders. Often pain and tension in these areas can be attributed to poor posture where the upper back rounds forward and the muscles of the hips and legs become tight from sitting.
This exercise works by allowing your upper back to straighten out against the flat surface of the floor while stretching and strengthening muscles of the hips and legs.…
If you are looking for a quick and effective way to tone your midsection and give your entire body a workout, give this four-way plank a try. When done properly, this series of exercises not only strengthens the midsection but improves posture from head to toe. Improving posture is important for preventing future injury while working out.
Work up to holding each of the following four positions for one minute each.…
Practicing this position — called “static back” — allows gravity to work with us to begin to achieve symmetry within our bodies. When our bodies are off balance, we experience pain and limited range of motion. Static back allows the muscles of the low back to relax, and with the hips and knees at ninety degrees, the pelvis is able to settle into a more symmetrical position against the floor.…
Walkouts are a quick and simple way to improve flexibility, strength, and cardio at the same time. The best part is this exercise requires no equipment and very little space.
Try walkouts as a way to break up your work day with movement or do these at home in the evening in front of the TV during the commercials.2-Minute Workout Instructions
- Stand with your feet pointing straight and hip width apart.