There are some exercises that you just can't do often enough. Three examples: wall slides, thoracic rotations, and the passive-lock single-leg hip raise. Unusual names, yes. But while you may not be familiar with these moves, chances are you should be doing them every day. Why? Because they help offset the toll that working on a computer -- or even a mobile device -- takes on your body.
Specifically, that toll is poor posture, which frequently leads to neck, shoulder, and back pain. And because sitting and slumping as you type, surf, or text can consume hours of your day, the more frequently you perform these moves, the better. The best part: You can do these no-weight, no-sweat exercises anywhere. (And for more ways to exercise anywhere you are, check out The 52 Best Places to Work Out in America.)
Exercise 1. Wall Slide
Stop what you're doing right now, and imagine that there's a string attached from the ceiling to your chest. Now imagine that the string is being tightened, pulling your chest closer towards the ceiling. If you were sitting with good posture, your chest wouldn't rise much. But if you're like most people, you just raised up a few inches. This is a good way to see how much you slump. And if you do, you should start doing an exercise called the wall slide immediately.
For best results, do 10 to 15 reps of this exercise up to three times a day. It's easy to do in your office, and it's also a great warmup before you lift weights. Yes, it looks simple -- and it is. But you'll love how good it makes your shoulders and upper back feel.Full Story >>