In today’s world many of us spend huge amounts of time hunched over a desk, and sitting in the car. A large percentage of you reading this probably spend 40-60 hours per week sitting. Couple this with limited physical activity and you are looking at a very sedentary, inactive week. Not ideal for a body that was designed to move. The same person whose body is getting accustomed to disuse, and adapting appropriately, then expects to make high quality golf swings minutes after rolling out of bed at 7am on a Saturday morning. Not very realistic.
Our bodies are very good at adapting to the stresses we subject it to . When we spend hour upon hour, year after year, slouching over a desk, undesirable changes in many of our physical qualities can begin to sneak in. This is especially true in people that aren’t proactive in their approach to maintaining their bodies. Simple choices in regards to maintaining/improving your physical qualities that become habits may seem small,but are powerful in the long term.
The mesmerising golf swings of the pros you watch on TV require mobility in movements that desk bound players often struggle with. The hips, thoracic spine / mid back, and shoulders, are of critical importance and often the places that decline the most in the desk bound. I see the same patterns everyday.
Below are four exercises you can do with zero equipment to stat combatting the effects of chronic sitting. They also double up as an excellent warm-up before practice our play:
Try 2-3 circuits of 8 reps on each exercise. Let me know how it goes.
1. Hip Extension:
2. Hip Rotation:
3. Thoracic Extension:
4. Thoracic Rotation:
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