Work Office Exercises - Train Your Legs While
Sitting At Your Desk
jobs have to be the worst factors for tight hamstrings. Not only
are you sitting all day but most women will wear high heels. The
majority of office jobs like this are a 9-5 grind for 5 days per
week. This type of repetition in damage shortens the hamstrings,
which in turn leads to a plethora of problems.
Knees will be the first to complain slightly but just enough that
most ignore it. You get up, walk it off, take some ibuprofen and
forget about it once it's silenced. Depending on your foot plan,
you may lean more to the outer foot or inner foot, which will dictate
if the medial or lateral collateral is irritated.
Eventually your hips and lower back will be next. The soreness
on this is a bit more relentless. You try stretches, ice, pain killers
and then the next day you get back in those heels, go to work and
sit for another eight hours. The pain then sets in for your whole
day while you sit and gets worse to where it affects you during
sleep as well.
At this point you decide to try some physio, maybe get adjusted
at the chiropractor and may even get some deep tissue massage. These
are all excellent and should be used to help you heal. The thing
is they are not the solution, just the band aid. You have to find
a balance in avoiding the cause of the problem to really affect
the outcome of this. You cannot quit and probably cannot change
your job description but there are small modifications you can make
which will over time be your solution.
Take every hour to stop, get up, walk about, get water, and stretch.
It takes a few minutes but helps get the lubrication in the knee
going and pulls you out of the same position you have been holding
for an hour.
If you can, try to slip off the high heels during your seated time
at your desk. Better yet, if you can use runners at the office,
perhaps you work behind the scenes and not directly with the public,
then take advantage of this. Most office jobs will have no issues
with professional shoes which are practical. Consider this over
fashion for now. Save those fancy heels for nights out and dates.
Hamstring and calve specific stretches can be done nightly just
before bed, on the bed and takes a matter of a minute per leg. This
small commitment makes a HUGE difference in the end. You can do
it more than once per day but the minimal would be once per day.
My last suggestion is to use a body ball for your seat at your
desk. This helps you use your postural muscles and letting the hamstrings
off a bit. Again this is only something you can do with the okay
of your company but for most of you who are not dealing readily
with the public or in the public view would be able to do this and
be encouraged to do so by your company because in the long run your
health means they save money. Think over some of these modifications
and save your hamstrings today!