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5 Exercises For Heavy Computer Users

Heavy computer users can suffer from pain caused by sitting at the computer too long. If you must use the computer for lengthy amounts of time due to work or school obligations, there are some things you can do to relieve this discomfort. Here are 5 exercises for heavy computer users.

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Head Over Shoulders

First turn your head from one side to the other in a slow fashion. Then look over one of your shoulders and hold for three seconds. Repeat this process 5-10 times, alternating between shoulders. Do not move your head back and forth quickly as it can actually cause injury and not offer you any tension relief. If done correctly this exercise can relieve some of the tension you feel in your head and neck from sitting too long.

Circular Shoulder Roll

Roll your shoulders in a circular motion forward five times. Then roll them back five times as well. For best results, do it as many times as you feel comfortable with. This exercise can relieve shoulder and neck tightness. It may take doing this exercises several times for you to begin to feel any relief.

Stretch For The Upper Back

First, put your arms out in front of you. Then raise them to the height of your shoulders and then push your elbows straight back. Hold this position for five seconds. Repeat up to ten times. Use slow, controlled movements for best results. This exercise can improve your posture and reduce tightness in your upper back.

Stretch For The Lower Back

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Sit down in a chair. Then bend your upper body down towards your knees in a slow fashion. Hold this position for five seconds then sit up. Wait ten seconds and repeat 5-10 times. Remember not to jerk your body upwards when finished and instead return to an upright sitting position in a slow manner. This exercise can relieve the strain felt in your upper back from sitting for long periods at a time.

Lift Your Legs

Sit in a chair to begin. Then grab ahold of one of your shins and pull your leg toward your chest. Hold for a few seconds. Release and repeat with the other legs. Alternate legs ten times. For best results, go slow and really take your time getting your leg to your chest. This exercise will relieve the soreness felt in your legs and buttocks.

Sitting for long periods of time can be detrimental to your body. These exercises will help you, especially if you utilize them throughout the day. If you can, get up and walk for a few minutes every hour to relieve some of the stress that your body endures. Also, it’s a good idea to invest in a good computer chair if you can. It should allow you to have good posture and it should be comfortable enough that you can sit in it for extended periods of time without any pain or having to suffer from your feet or legs falling asleep.

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