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It’s no secret that sitting for long periods of time is bad for you. In fact, sitting is being called the “smoking” of this generation. We’re averaging about 9.3 hours per day sitting, and after about 1 hour of sitting, the production of enzymes that burns fat declines by as much as 90 percent. Research also shows that extended periods of sitting slow the body’s metabolism.
What’s an office-bound, chair dweller to do?
You can try convincing your boss to get you a standing desk or a treadmill desk. Short walks around the office every hour and walking meetings are also good options. Perhaps your best bet, however, is to sprinkle a few minutes of chair yoga throughout the day.
Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that you can do while sitting in a chair, or while standing and using a chair for support. Chair yoga is slowly being recognized as a distinct type of yoga such as Anusara or Ashtanga yoga. The Asanas or postures are often adaptations of Hatha yoga poses.
The following basic poses can be performed in 10 minutes or less and will help you get started on your path to a less sedentary workday.
Guided Chair Yoga: Watch a guided chair yoga video for more details
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*Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health programs.