Training in the Cubicle Part #1

We have talked many times about how your body responds to the stimulus you give it. What if your stimulus happens to be seating in a cubicle for 10 hours a day? What happens when you break a bone and put a cast on it for a month? After the month the muscles are tight, weak, atrophied and you are very pale. Not that being Pale would matter just wanted to point it out. Well guess what that ergonomically correct chair you sit in all day is, it’s a cast for your hips. The longer we sit the more our muscles around our pelvis start to disengage and become tight and weak. When this occurs we start to lose our posture and before you know it we resemble more of a Teenage mutant ninja turtle than we do a muscular efficient human. 

Many people who work in cubicles still go and exercise but if you spend 10 hours a day in the chair and then workout for an hour, you are fighting a losing battle. I have had hundreds of clients who fit into this category over the years. The problem that many of them were also suffering from was the type of exercise they were choosing. many had gone to the local gym and met with a trainer for a few sessions. Inevitably they would be taken through the Nautilus circuit equipment and taught how to use the exercise bike. So they sat all day at work, then went to the gym, sat on the exercise bike for 30 minutes, then went through and sat down on each of the pieces of weight equipment. They did get their heart rate up but they did absolutely nothing to fight off the negative side effect of sitting in a chair all day. 

There are many ways to lessen the damage that occurs in your muscular efficiency while working at a job that demands sitting for long periods. My clients have had great success over the years with the “Egg Timer Method”. I would purchase them an egg timer and they would set it to go off every 20 minutes at work. When it would ding they would get up, do a series of exercises that I prescribed for them (which usually lasted 2-3 minutes), then they would go right back to work. Also even as you are sitting there you can put your body into certain positions that will help keep your muscular system attempting to provide proper posture and alleviate pain symptoms in your body.

This can make a tremendous difference throughout the day. Many chronic pain sufferers were able to eliminate their symptoms by using this trick. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome was a major one that many of the clients I helped were dealing with. Also low back pain and perhaps the worst of all ws the upper back and neck pain they suffered from. 

Next post I will give you a few examples of things you can do. In the meantime go out and buy and egg timer or any other device that has a countdown timer on it. It is the first step to making your cubicle a little more functional.


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"My body has not reacted well with working a desk job.  I am only 25, but have been having a lot of pain that has built up over the past 6 months...The cubicle workouts have truly helped, I cant even begin to tell much better! Thanks Scott, love the routines!" Brandon
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