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Stuck In Your Seat? Stretch it out anyway!

December 11, 2012 | Soheli | Comments (2)

One of the first things I realized when I started working here at Cedarbrae was that I don't get to sit all that much. The sheer size of the library means that if you want to show someone where something is, or where to find a specific book, it's best to get up and walk on over!

This is a blessing - althought, at first, maybe in disguise. Being on my feet and walking around the branch means I get to stretch throughout the day, move my arms and legs around and generally get more physical movement out of my working day than a lot of people in various daily settings. However, there are still times when I'm seated for longer than I'd like, and I immediately feel the aches creeping up...

Aching In The OfficeIf you're someone who oftens ends up sitting for most of the day, usually in front of a computer screen, there is still good news. You don't have to be 'stuck' in the same position if you can help it. Here are some reading ideas on how to make the most out of your time in a chair or at your desk, regardless of whether you're at work or school. These can also be useful if you have physical limitations that keep you seated even at home or in other scenarios.

 

Yoga1 Yoga2 Seatedtaiji
All three of these books have simple ideas that can be useful for people with all different types of lifestyles. Of course, if you're unsure of how to start or are concerned about causing injury, check with your doctor before trying anything. I'm a librarian - not a medical professional!

We usually visit some health-related websites in some of the computer classes we teach - there are some easy stretches available here, with photos. Some of them are surprising; who knew you could stretch your eyeballs? (It might be better to do that one when no one's looking...!)

On the Health and Wellness Blog, Carolyn wrote up a great post about workplace health last year that you might also want to check out. It's got some great links to information about more stretches, ergonomic seating and repetitive strain injuries.

If you're looking for ways to strengthen up even when you're away from work or school, you might want to try out some free yoga, meditation and restorative programs available at different branches throughout the city. Many of these also focus on managing stress often associated with work, which can also be a huge factor in your physical well-being regardless of where you are.

When possible, it's always good to get up and move around a little bit. But when you can't, you have to consider ways to work around it so you don't end up slouched over and staring into your screen for hours, with backaches and wrist pains following you home.

There's still a few weeks before we ring in 2013, so consider this a headstart on any health resolutions you may be mulling over for the next year!

Good luck and happy stretching!

 




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