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Move It or Lose It!
Have you noticed after you have been sitting for prolonged
periods you start to feel uncomfortable, tense, fatigued, stiff and may even start to lose
This may happen at work when you are writing or using a
keyboard, doing a repetitive task, at long meetings, during lectures or at home doing some
knitting or sewing, engaged in a hobby, study, watching television or during long-distance
driving. Our bodies dont like being in one position for too long so every so often
remember take a P.A.U.S.E...
POSTURE easily becomes slumped and unbalanced and this can
become permanent unless you move your body in the opposite direction.
to your task will be improved by taking a short break
which enables you to return with a fresh approach. to your task will be improved by taking a short break
which enables you to return with a fresh approach.
the physical and mental stress that accumulates without
you being aware of it. the physical and mental stress that accumulates without
you being aware of it.
out muscles and joints that have been held overlong in
one position or overused in a repetitive task. out muscles and joints that have been held overlong in
one position or overused in a repetitive task.
your whole body by improving circulation and breathing. your whole body by improving circulation and breathing.
So, take a P.A.U.S.E. with these exercises
- Do them anytime you have been sitting for more than one
- Repeat each exercise 2-3 times.
- Perform exercises slowly, smoothly and gently.
- STOP if you feel any pain or discomfort and see a doctor if
- Remember to keep breathing comfortably as you do the
exercises and dont hold your breath during stretches.
Pause exercise 1: Neck Rolls
||Turn head to look over
right shoulder. Run chin down and across your chest to look over left shoulder and return
along the same path. Turn to the left and repeat to the other side.
Pause exercise 2: Shoulder Circles
||Slowly roll both
shoulders backwards in large circles. Do four full circles.
Place hands on shoulders and make large circles backwards with your
elbows. Do four full circles.
Pause exercise 3: Spine to fingertip stretch
||Sit well back in chair with your back
straight. Interlace your fingers (palms facing inwards) and lift arms in front to shoulder
height. Stretch forward with your arms.
||Turn your palms outward and lift both
arms overhead. Keeping your eyes looking forward, gently stretch arms up and back using
back of chair to support your back.
||Return to upright position (arms still
overhead) and twist slowly to each side. Return to centre and lower arms.
Give shoulders and arms a shake to relax them.
Pause exercise 4: Ankle rolls
||Sit forward on your
chair with feet flat on the floor. This exercise is best done with shoes off.
Lift alternate heels and walk through the balls of your
feet. Do eight walks.
||Lift right leg and
circle your foot from the ankle four times. Repeat with left leg.
Pause exercise 5: Long Back Stretch
||Stand up and hold
table, ledge, bench or back of solid chair (not on castors).
Walk slowly backwards until arms are stretched out with head
between arms and back straight.
||Arch your back upwards
in a hump and then gently push your chest downward to create a slight
||Move from the waist
and gently swing your hips to each side.
Walk feet forwards and slowly straighten up.
More Pause Hints
- Relax your body and mind with a two minute relaxation
break. Sit back in the chair with your back supported, feet flat on the floor and hands
resting on your thighs.
- Take three full, slow breaths in and out feeling your body
let go with each breath out.
- Continue breathing slowly and easily counting each breath
up to 20.
- Open your eyes and you will feel more refreshed and alert.
- Take opportunities to do tasks requiring you to stand up
and go for a short walk.
- Have a ten minute walk outside during lunchtime.
Exercise and arthritis
Contrary to what you may first think, exercise and
arthritis really do go together. Regular appropriate exercise helps to relieve and prevent
many of the problems associated with arthritis. With exercise you can relieve joint
stiffness, increase joint flexibility and muscle strength, improve your general health and
well-being, relieve stress and depression and maximise your independence.
Everyones arthritis is different so it can be
difficult and confusing choosing a suitable exercise program.
The following guidelines will help you decide on what
level of physical activity is best for your arthritis.
- Choose activities which do not overstress your arthritic
joints. You can check with your doctor or a physiotherapist.
- Balance and rest with activity through your everyday
activities and during a specific exercise session. You have done too much if your pain
increases markedly for more than a few hours.
- Do not continue with an exercise causing severe pain or
- Rest badly inflamed joints.