• Chair Exercises for the Office: Simple Chair Yoga Routine

    Sitting all day can be hard on the body. Knowing some easy chair exercises for the office will help you feel healthy and at your best in your workplace. Scroll to the bottom of this post for a simple chair yoga routine you can do the next time you need a pick-me-up at work.

    The dangers of sitting all day

    The human body is designed to move. Staying in a static position for extended periods of time builds tension in the muscles causing aches and pains.

    A few years ago, medical professionals realized the true dangers of sitting all day. It can lead to high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar along with a whole host of other problems.

    Even though we know the dangers of sitting, most still live sedentary lives. In many offices, workers spend eight hours at a desk with little opportunity to move around, but you don’t have to fall into that unhealthy trap.

    Here are a few simple things you can do to stay healthy at work.

    Change position

    Have you ever found yourself so focused on a task that you didn’t even realize you were sitting in the same position for ages until your leg fell asleep?

    When you’re sitting and working on something, it isn’t uncommon for you to hold a static position for an extended period of time. Often that position creates a lot of tension through the neck and shoulders.

    Changing your position every 15 minutes. Try leaning back if you tend to sit forward in your chair when you work. Change the positions of your legs and feet. If you can adjust your chair and desk heights, that will also help. You can even alternate between sitting and standing.

    Take breaks

    Get up and walk around for a few minutes every hour. You can wander around the office or just stand beside your chair and move your legs around a bit. Movement keeps the blood flowing and your muscles healthy.

    Try a chair yoga routine

    Doing some easy desk exercises for the office, like chair yoga, releases tension in the muscles and prevents stiff joints. Chair exercises can be done anytime you’re sitting in a chair, and seated exercises give you the benefits of yoga without disrupting your workplace.

    Try this simple chair yoga class with Kristin McGee.

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  • Chair Yoga For Happiness

    If you’re participating in our 30 Day Yoga Living Challenge, then you had the wonderful opportunity to practice Chair Yoga with Kristin McGee! If you’re not participating in our challenge, you now have the opportunity to learn a few Chair Yoga tips from Kristin herself, right here on the OmStars blog. Take a look at what Kristin has to say about adding Chair Yoga into your everyday life, and explore a few poses that she breaks down right here on the blog! So find a chair, sit up tall, and start adding a little more happiness to your life with these simple moves.

    Chair Yoga for Happiness

    Where is your happy place? Probably not when you’re stuck in your seat in one position for too long. Our bodies are designed to move. Modern day culture and technology has caused many of us to sit for most of the day.

    Sitting for too long causes us to slouch, compresses our lower back, cuts off our breathing and puts strain on our neck and shoulders. It’s hard to be happy when our neck or back is achy, or we aren’t taking in enough oxygen.

    Chair yoga is our happiness antidote. The second you move, stretch and breathe, you feel one hundred times better. When you feel good, you’re happy, it’s as simple as that. Practicing yoga in our seat makes so much sense. You’ll suddenly become more aware of how your posture and breathing affect your attitude and outlook.

    Anyone can do chair yoga at anytime. It doesn’t matter what kind of chair you’re in, just sit towards the front of your seat and ground your feet (make sure wheels are locked if it’s that type).  You may do these at the start of your day or when you hit that mid day slump.  Maybe you want to do them on your commute or right when you get home instead of getting back online or watching television.

    4 moves to boost your happiness and lift your spirits:

    High Altar Pose: Lift your arms up overhead interlace the fingers invert the palms and lift the corners of your mouth in to a smile. You’ll feel your lungs inflate as you lift out of your lower back. Get an immediate rush of energy in to your body and notice how much better your body and brain feel. Hold for 3-5 deep breaths.

    Hands Clasped Behind the Back Arch: Backbends are the antidepressants of yoga. When we slouch forward we get depressed. Our posture determines our mood. Use this pose to open your heart and lift yourself up mentally. Sit towards the edge of your seat clasp your hands behind your back and lift your chest upwards toward the ceiling. Stay and breathe for 5-8 breaths.

    Assisted Neck stretch: We carry a ton of tension and stress in our neck and shoulders. Use this stretch release the issues in your tissues. Place one hand over your head on the opposite ear. Gently let the head fall to the side as you stretch the neck and top of shoulder. Hold for 5 breaths and then switch sides.

    Forward Fold: Finally end with a forward fold to bring oxygen to the brain and stretch the entire back body. When you fold forward you let the spine release and relax. Stay for 5 to 8 breaths before coming back up to sit and notice how much happier and refreshed you feel.

    You can incorporate these and other chair yoga moves on a daily basis. Hopefully you can encourage your friends, family and co-workers to join in too! The more the merrier, or should I say happier?!

    Namaste!

    By Kristin McGee

    Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates Instructor, trusted wellness expert, author, speaker, and mompreneur.

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