Be Healthy: Simple Exercises for Freelancers

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Sitting in a chair working for most of the day is never healthy. If you’re a freelancer, it means you’re pretty much glued to your chair since there is no getting up and going over to a colleague’s desk to talk about a project, walk to a meeting, elevator or across the street for lunch.

Ignoring the fact that gluing your behind to your work place most often than not, piles on the pounds but also leads to something far more unhealthy – inactivity.

If you have recurring back aches, stiff neck and creaking joints then your body needs to start moving.

Here are a few simple stretching exercises which won’t reduce your weight, but will keep your body active and blood circulating!

Important note: All these stretching exercises should be done regularly and moderately in sets of 5.

Eyes

This is the simplest so we’ll start with the eyes. Every 20 mins, close your eyes for a few seconds, open them and then roll them around slowly. Without moving your neck, look to your right, up, left and down. Do so a few times before repeating the same exercise from your left.

Neck

You’ve been sitting at your desk working all day. You can feel the stiffness in your neck from keeping it in one position for so long. To work the stiffness out:

a. Slowly bend your head toward your chest till you feel the back of your neck stretching. Hold for a few seconds and then straighten your head back up.

b. Now gently move your neck back to look up at the ceiling till you feel the front of your neck stretching. Hold position for a few seconds before straightening your neck once again

c. Turn your head to your left and look over your shoulder till you feel the right side of your neck stretching. Hold for a few seconds, get your head back in original position and do the same for your right side.

d. Rotate your neck from left to right and vice versa to loosen up your neck muscles.

Shoulders

Shoulders are simple. All you have to do is roll them. Start will small rolls and then expand them gradually. Go clockwise and then anti clockwise.

Ever seen how newborns stretch themselves while yawning after waking up from a nap? They throw up their arms stretch them all the way up. Do the same while sitting in your chair and feel your shoulders and arms lose some of their soreness. Yawning is optional.

Back

If you’re like me, you probably have a cushion placed in your chair for added back support. Since we’re all hunched over our computers all day, our back is usually the first to suffer.

To give some relief to your aching back:

a. place your feet flat on the ground.

b. bring your neck, upper and lower back down till your chest is touching your thighs.

c. move your hands down till they’re touching the ground.

d. Hold position for 10 seconds and slowly move back to your sitting position.

Another simple way to stretch is to:

a. stand up with your feet shoulder width apart. Keep your arms at your sides

b. Bend down slowly to your right side with your right hand sliding down your thigh.

c. Reach your left arm over your head and hold till you feel your left side stretching.

d. Do the same for the other side

For lower back:

a. Place your feet flat on the floor and twist your torso to your right keeping your back straight.

b. Use your hands to hold on to the right side of the chair to help you stretch further. It will seem like you’re looking over your shoulder or behind you without moving your hips or legs.

c. Do the same for your left side and feel the tension lessen from your lower back.

Hands and arms

Because we’re at our computer all day, our hands, wrists and arms are always poised in the same position. Close your hand in a fist and rotate your wrist ten times. First clockwise and then anti clockwise.

To stretch your fingers:

a. Hold your left hand open and extend your fingers back one by one with your right hand.

b. Then hold all your fingers together and extend them back together at the same time.

To stretch your arms, simply recall your physical training class from school. Remember how we had to holds our arms out (Titanic pose), then in front of us and then up in the air? That’s how you’re going to stretch your arms. Stretch your arms as far as you can while keeping your feet planted firmly on the floor.

Legs

You can’t stretch your legs too much while sitting down. For this you will invariably have to get up. If you’re sitting, lift both legs in the air and stretch them forward with your ankles pointing forward too. Keep your leg stretched and move your ankle back till you feel the back of your calve stretching.

To stretch your legs while standing up:

a. Stand behind your chair and place your left hand on the back rest of your chair for support

b. Lift your right leg behind you towards your hip

c. Hold your leg with your right hand to stretch it. Hold for 10 seconds and place your leg back on the floor

d. Do the same for the left leg.

Torso

Link your fingers together and stretch your hands up towards the ceiling. Hold the position while you stretch up as much as possible. Then open your arms and slowly bring them back down before doing the torso stretch again.

Loosened those tense muscles yet?

These exercises will help loosen tense muscle and release stress. The golden rule about stretching is that it shouldn’t hurt. If it does, you’re doing it wrong and must stop immediately.

Make stretching while working a regular part of your work day and you will feel great at the end of the day.

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Samar is a freelance writer, blogger and social media enthusiast. She offers rock solids tips for freelance writing success on her blog, The Writing Base along with a free 10-Step Guide To Turning Prospects Into Clients.

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  • inspirationfeed

    Monday, September 6th, 2010 14:24

    1

    Nice tips, i think you should also at least take 1 hour everyday and go to the gym. Do a core workout for 30min and cardio for another 30min. Your body will feel better and stress will be relieved. Plus studies show people who workout sleep better at night.

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  • Arash

    Monday, September 6th, 2010 22:56

    3

    Thank you for sharing this. A video tutorial would make this even better!

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  • Jayman Pandya

    Monday, September 6th, 2010 14:34

    2

    A good list… I tried neck exercises for my spondilysis affected neck… :D

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  • Joe

    Monday, September 6th, 2010 19:07

    4

    Running is my only break that keeps me away from the computer, and also good to get more creative ideas!

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  • Adam Bluhm

    Friday, September 10th, 2010 19:01

    5

    These are some great tips. I’m going to print it out and put it next to my desk to remind me to keep doing them. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Brett Widmann

    Saturday, January 29th, 2011 01:45

    7

    This is a great article! For how much time we spend sitting, exercise is very important.

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  • Susanne

    Thursday, September 16th, 2010 00:05

    6

    Great Post, I’ll try these tips!

    And I will show them to my husband, he’s a teacher and works a lot at the desk…

    Sorry, my english is terrible…

    Greetings
    Susanne

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  • Brett Widmann

    Saturday, January 29th, 2011 01:45

    7

    This is a great article! For how much time we spend sitting, exercise is very important.

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  • Susanne

    Thursday, September 16th, 2010 00:05

    6

    Great Post, I’ll try these tips!

    And I will show them to my husband, he’s a teacher and works a lot at the desk…

    Sorry, my english is terrible…

    Greetings
    Susanne

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  • Adam Bluhm

    Friday, September 10th, 2010 19:01

    5

    These are some great tips. I’m going to print it out and put it next to my desk to remind me to keep doing them. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Joe

    Monday, September 6th, 2010 19:07

    4

    Running is my only break that keeps me away from the computer, and also good to get more creative ideas!

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  • Arash

    Monday, September 6th, 2010 22:56

    3

    Thank you for sharing this. A video tutorial would make this even better!

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  • Jayman Pandya

    Monday, September 6th, 2010 14:34

    2

    A good list… I tried neck exercises for my spondilysis affected neck… :D

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  • inspirationfeed

    Monday, September 6th, 2010 14:24

    1

    Nice tips, i think you should also at least take 1 hour everyday and go to the gym. Do a core workout for 30min and cardio for another 30min. Your body will feel better and stress will be relieved. Plus studies show people who workout sleep better at night.

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