If This Were Easy…

2008-05-12

…I would stand up straight

Filed under: health, wall standing — Easy @ 9:00 am

I’m a computer geek, and I sit on my ass all day in front of my computer. I’ve got a half decent ergonomic setup, with a keyboard tray, and my monitor at the right height and all that good stuff, but still, I have issues with tension in my neck and shoulders, and a tendency to hunch over at the keyboard.

I see a chiropractor periodically for adjustments, and while I’m not sure if they actually do me any good, they don’t seem to be doing me any harm.

One of her regular comments is that the muscles across the front of my chest are too tight — caused originally by my hunching, but now contributing to it, as well, in a downward spiral of tension and bad posture. My massage therapist agrees.

The solution, apparently, is to keep those muscles limber, and remind them what standing up straight actually feels like, and the process for doing that is wall standing. It’s pretty much what it sounds like.

Picture a crook in a 1950s caper comedy, caught in the spotlight, with his back pressed against the wall and hands up.

That’s wall standing in a nutshell — it gives a gentle stretch across the front of your chest. I’m supposed to do 3 sets of 3 repetitions each 20 seconds long every day. Which, with little breaks in between the sets to shake my shoulders out, is a grand total of about 4 and a half minutes out of my day. It really does help, as I discovered back when I used to actually do it regularly, but lately, I haven’t seemed to find the time.

Four and a half minutes. I think I can probably spare that.

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2 Comments »

  1. Ooh, could I ever use that! I will have to find some decent wall space around here and try it out.

    Comment by Mads — 2008-05-12 @ 11:34 am

  2. Finding wall space was certainly a problem — I’m using a door.

    Comment by Easy — 2008-05-12 @ 9:55 pm


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