Lack in muscle tone, a stiff neck, a couple of aching wrists and two tired eyes are what our modern day life is plagued with as a result of sitting at a computer for hours on end. If you fall into this category, help is on the way. All it takes is a few moments of computer yoga to feel refreshed, revitalized and ready to take on a new assignment. Aches and pains have nothing on you when you practice this simple yet effective routine during long stretches of time on your computer. Be the first to share this with your friends.
Facebook Fanny Firmer
Place both feet flat on the floor, hip width apart. Squeeze your gluteal muscles (a.k.a. your rear) and hold for five deep breaths. Release, and repeat up to ten times. Feel your fanny firm right up as you type about computer yoga in your status update.
Twitter Tummy Tightener
Take a deep breath in and with your exhale draw your lower belly toward your spine. At the very end of your exhale, engage your abdominal muscles just a little bit more, and hold your muscles firm for as long as it takes you to tweet this article!
Word Processor Wrist Protector
Turn both palms to face the ceiling with the backs of your hands resting on your keyboard. Now flex your wrists by lifting your palms and reaching your fingers toward you. Hold for up to ten seconds and repeat several times while proof reading your report, article or paper.
Power Point Posture Perfector
Sit up straight with both feet flat on the floor, hip width apart. Raise both arms overhead. Interlace your fingers except for your first fingers as if making a laser pointer with your hands. While keeping your shoulders down and back, raise your arms high toward the ceiling. Take five deep breaths and then relax.
Software Side Slimmer
Keep both feet flat on the floor and bring your right hand to your right hip. Stretch your left arm over your head and bend your body to the right. Hold for five deep breaths before switching sides. Turn your software into hardware!
Excel Eye Easer
Rub both palms together vigorously for several seconds to generate heat between them. Place both palms over your closed eyes and hold for 15-30 seconds. Feel the warmth of your hands release the imprint of a spreadsheet from your inner eye.
Trace an imaginary figure eight with your nose by moving your head and neck. Start out with a small “8” and gradually make it just a little bit bigger. Feel your cervical vertebrae loosen their stiffness as you invite in fluidity and ease of movement through the network of your body.
Host Server Hip Stretcher
Place your right foot on top of your left knee. If this is enough of a stretch, stay put; otherwise tip your body forward over your legs. Hold for up to one minute and then switch legs, serving your hips a host of benefits.
Monitor Muscle Melter
And finally, close your eyes for a moment and visualize your computer screen disappearing. With your mind’s eye, watch it dissolve into thin air, clearing any stress or tension associated with it. When you are ready, open your eyes and monitor the way you feel. Celebrate a refreshed, rejuvenated and relaxed new you!
August 29th, 2011