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Healthy Computing Tip # 413: Connect to your Feet

Immobility is one of the major contributors to discomfort at the computer as well as increased weight gain.  People who unknowingly wiggle and move often tend to be less at risk for obesity and illness.  Practice wiggling and moving through out the day to avoid immobility and chronic low level tension.  Do the following movement to reduce immobility and tightness and observe how there is a link between your hand and your foot.  Practice interrupting habitual tension patterns when you connect to your feet.

How to Connect to your Feet:

  • While sitting at your desk, lift your RIGHT foot off the floor and make clockwise circles.

  • Now, while doing this, draw the number '6' in the air with your right hand.  Observe how your foot changes direction!

  • Even as you try to continue the clockwise rotation, the moment you begin writing a 6 with your right hand, your foot will change directions and you are probably holding your breath!

  • Repeat the same activity with your left foot and hand.

  • Explore ways to break apart the automatic connection between hand and foot while you continue to breathe.

 

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