Don't Just Sit There! How to Get Fit at Your Desk
After reading new research about the health hazards of sitting, we came up with nine ways to stay fit at the office.
Stretch Your Hips While You Type
When we sit at our desks, in our cars or on the train, we fold our legs at the hip and shorten our hip flexors; this leads to stiffness and causes pain in the lower back. To open up the hips, try this discreet stretch: While sitting at your desk with knees bent and feet on the floor, place one ankle on the opposite thigh so that your lower body forms the numeral 4. Exhale as you lean forward over the legs, keeping your back straight. Hold for three deep breaths, then switch legs. Work up to switching legs three times—or as many times as you can during one conference call.
As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.