Do you have lower back pain, joint aches and pain, or tension headaches, eye strain?
Maybe you have high blood pressure, constant indigestion, period pain or discomfort?
Are you aware you are frequently more irritable and less sociable than you like to be? Have you noticed how often you are annoyed at the motorists or travel passenger?
A major reason you experience any of the above problems is found in how long you are seated each day.
How long do you sit:
- To travel to work, shops, other destinations?
- In front of your computer, games, I-pads, television, or while on the phone? The length of time seated, plus the use of our myriad of technological devices, is a recipe for health disaster.
The two simple easy exercises here will have surprising positive outcomes. They are effective when done on their own or as part of a short routine with other practices sitting or standing.
Ten Second Relaxation
- Relax in Ten Seconds. Yes, you can. Think ‘I am” as you take a deep breath and expand your abdomen. Slowly exhale as you say ‘re lax ed’. This will take ten seconds and you will feel more relaxed. In thirty seconds you can be three times relaxed by repeating the phrase and breathing three times.
Spiral Energy In
- Place the palm of your right hand in front of your lower abdomen. Spiral hand out from body gradually 9 times, so your arm is at full stretch when nine are done.
Women go anticlockwise and men clockwise. The gradually lessen the spiral size as you bring it back to the starting point. Repeat three or six times. When completed place one palm over the other on your lower abdomen for 1 minute to nourish your energy (chi).
When to practice.
Do any practice when you sit for 45 minutes or more. I find it useful to assist myself by setting a practice time such as on the half hour. If you forget to practice, then set a small timer.
Western societies are now known as “sitting societies” due to lack of time we move (exercise) our physical body. When we don’t move our breathing is very shallow, the lungs don’t get sufficient oxygen for body to stay active and healthy. Our brain needs 20% of the total intake of oxygen and it is the last place in the body to receive what is left from each breath.
Standing vs Sitting.
Now any people try to avoid the ‘sitting’ related problems by standing at a work desk to use their computer. Too much sitting or standing will bring health problems. With long hours standing bones in the feet will spread out, soles will be tender (more so if standing on concrete) and joints will become stiff. Whereas with the sitting all leg joints become less flexible, lose strength, and synovial fluid and bone deteriorates.
Use of the standing position may encourage people to walk around more frequently, however postural problems will develop.
The practices suggested here are useful to anyone who wants to prevent possible problems as well as those of you who have them already.
Whatever you do or don’t do today, will be seen in your body’s health in the next decade.
Start with one easy step today to be the way you want to be in the 2020’s.