3 Steps To Become Fit Exercising Every Day at Home

Fit Exercising Every Day
There are some exercises that you just can't get enough of. Three examples are wall slides, thoracic rotations, and single-leg hip raises.

Unusual names, yes. But while you may need to become more familiar with these moves, you should do them daily.

Why? Because they help offset the toll that working on a computer—or even a mobile device—takes on your body.

Specifically, that toll is poor posture, frequently leading to neck, shoulder, and back pain. And because sitting and slumping as you type, surf, or text can consume hours of your day, the more frequently you perform these moves, the better.

The best part: You can do these no-weight, no-sweat exercises anywhere.

Exercise 1: Wall Slides

Stop what you're doing now and imagine a string attached from the ceiling to your chest. Now imagine the string tightening, pulling your chest closer towards the ceiling.

If you were sitting with good posture, your chest wouldn't rise much. But if you're like most people, you just raised up a few inches. (You can also remind yourself to sit as tall as possible.)

This is an excellent way to see how much you slump. And if you do, you should start doing an exercise called the wall slide immediately.

Do 10 to 15 reps of this exercise up to three times daily for best results. (It's easy to do in your office and a great warmup before you lift weights.)

Yes, it looks simple—and it is. But you'll love how good it makes your shoulders and upper back feel.

This exercise will strengthen your shoulder blades, helping you stave off an injury.

Exercise 2: Hip Raises: It's not just slumping that hurts your posture. Simply sitting can be harmful, too.

For instance, when you sit constantly—as most of us do—the muscles on the fronts of your hips become short and tight.
What's more, your glutes—or butt muscles—actually forget how to contract. (Think about it: With so much chair time, they're not used for anything except padding for your hipbones.)

The combination of tight muscles on the front of your hips and weak muscles on your backside causes your pelvis to tilt forward. This pushes your lower abdomen outward, making your belly pooch out—even if you don't have fat.

Worse, it also puts more stress on your lumbar spine, leading to low-back pain.

But the single-leg hip raise can help. It strengthens your glutes and teaches them how to contract again—which helps allow your pelvis to move back in its natural alignment.

Do 5 to 6 reps for each leg, holding the top position of the exercise for 3 to 5 seconds.

Passive Single-Leg Hip Raise

Try this great move to open up your hips and gain strength.

Exercise 3: Thoracic Rotation

This is another excellent exercise for upper body posture, like wall slides. Just look around your office: See anyone with a hunch in his upper back? (Make sure to look honestly in the mirror, too.)

Compare his posture to that of Superman. The difference should jump at you: Superman has his chest up and shoulders pulled back; your colleague is just the opposite.

The reason is simple: Your muscles and connective tissue tend to "set" in your "body" position most often.

You can't fix 8 hours of slumping wcan'tust one exercise. But you can counteract some of the daily damage using thoracic rotation.

This exercise helps "mobilize" your upper back by r "tating" your thoracic spine. (That's where the name comes from: it helps restore natural, healthy posture. It also feels perfect!

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