Reverse the Detrimental Effects of Sitting With These 5 Yoga Poses
With the average American sitting for about 8-12 hours each day, it’s no surprise that poor health has resulted. A study conducted by the American Heart Association revealed that sitting is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, anxiety, and cancer. The research goes as far as to state that a sedentary lifestyle could be a contributing factor to higher mortality rates.
Besides killing us (less) slowly, sitting is also to blame for brain fog, neck issues, back/shoulder problems, muscle deterioration, joint immobility, and poor circulation. Since we aren’t always able to just get up and move due to constraints of life and work, below are a few yoga poses to help counteract some of the negative effects of sitting all day.
1. Reverse Tabletop
Reverse Tabletop Pose is an intense shoulder opener that also expands the chest. A typical sitting posture tends to close the body by curling inwards, and this pose reverses that direction by opening the entire front-body. In addition, Reverse Tabletop strengthens and stretches the often tense wrists (due to that desk-job) as well as the neck. The legs will benefit from this pose too as it challenges the quadriceps, glutes, and hamstrings— so no more dead butt syndrome.
2. High Lunge + Eagle Arms
To strengthen the legs while stretching the hips, try High Lunge (also known as Crescent Pose) with the addition of Eagle Arms. The placement of the arms in the double-twisted Eagle position will provide a deep stretch in the arm muscles and the shoulder joints. In addition, this posture will challenge and improve balance which is often impaired due to a sedentary lifestyle.
3. Forward Fold
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