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Exercises At Your Desk: May 31, 2011

Putting in a full day at the office may be sapping you of your strength. As more Americans move behind a desks for work it means more people are coming down with back and neck pain.

Sitting down too long can also lead to poor circulation.

“I probably spend about eight hours, seven hours just sitting at the computer, because I bring my lunch so I don't even get up,” says Kathryn Clark.

“It's crazy my back just feels like someone punched me,” she says. “It's like all hunched over.”

Being office-bound doesn’t have to mean being stagnant. Heather Sines is a fitness instructor at the Wellness Center of Cape Coral.

“I'd say 95% of my clients sit behind a desk all day,” says SInes.

She has an arsenal of exercises aimed at office workers.

“Some things you can do are simple chair exercises. Just standing up and sitting down slowly and doing that about 10 or 12 times just to get your heart rate going a little bit.”

This gets you and your blood moving. Another tip:

“You can lift your legs up and squeeze your quads,” she says. “Then push, point and flex your foot.”

A lot of people hold stress in their neck and shoulders.

“Some good shoulder rolls are nice, breathing in, squeezing your shoulder blades together and then retracting down.”

Just throw in some standing leg raises for a mini all-around workout.

Being at a desk job shouldn’t cost you your health. A few simple movements an keep both your body and mind active.