HEALTHY COMPUTING EMAIL TIP 567: USE YOUR LEGS
Without knowing many people use their hands to push while standing up from sitting. By using their hands and arms to assist in getting up, the muscles of the neck, back and shoulders automatically tighten.
Keep your arms, neck and shoulders relaxed while standing up when you USE YOUR LEGS.
HOW TO USE YOUR LEGS*:
Observe what happens with your breathing and your arms and hands when you stand-up and sit-down. Are you holding your breath and placing your hands and arms on your thighs or arm rests to assist in standing up?
If yes, sit quietly for a moment and breathe diaphragmatically for three or four times.
Then while sitting, stagger your feet by placing one foot under the chair and the other foot beneath your knee. Let your hands rest palms upward on your lap. While exhaling and with a straight back, bend your body forward while flexing at the hips. Continue the exhalation and forward movement of the head and shoulders while pushing yourself off with your backwards placed foot. Allow the back of the neck to lengthen and the crown of your head to lead as you stand. Leave your arms and shoulders relaxed so that they can swing by themselves to the front.
Allow yourself to bend more at the hips in a fluid forward and up movement so that the work of standing-up or sitting-down is done by your legs instead of in the neck and back.
If you catch yourself using your arms to stand up, sit down and repeat the standing up without using your arms. After three weeks your legs will feel stronger and your neck and shoulders more relaxed.
*We thank Annette Booiman for developing this tip.