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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Core Workout for Writers

Melissa Paris (Missy) is always stressing to me how important it is to have good posture and to work my core.  Here are some core exercises that you can do right next to your desk and without any equipment.  For more information about Melissa Paris, check out her blog and her Facebook page or connect with her on twitter (@Melissa_Paris). 

The core is the essential part of your body.  It helps you sit up straight at your desk and with proper training can prevent you from getting lower back pain.  So lets get to it!

• Plank hold for 30 seconds
• 20 Back Extensions: face down, hands laced behind head, lift upper body off the ground.
           Repeat 3 times

• 20 Bicycle Crunches
• Side Plank 15-30 seconds each side
           Repeat 3 times
Side Plank

• 20  Standing Side Bend with towel, 20 each side
• 20 Superman: face down, hands and feet lift off floor for 2 second count
           Repeat 3 times

Thanks for these awesome exercises, Missy! I'll definitely be using them on my work breaks this week. (Even plank, which you know is my favorite :P)

Remember, you can get more information about Melissa Paris, at her blog and her Facebook page or by connecting with her on twitter (@Melissa_Paris). 


Satia said...

Gaiam sells a desk chair that uses a stability ball instead of a seat. it is surprisingly effective and really encourages the person sitting in it to keep both feet planted on the ground and to sit up tall. And you can use it for some exercises as well.

I wouldn't forgo actually doing the activities listed above but if you have to sit at the desk anyway, it helps to do so with a straight spine and without crossing your legs.

Gabriela Pereira said...

Awesome tip, Satia! Will have to check that out.

Carrie said...

Thanks for sharing these exercises.
I use a stability ball at my desk and I really like it.

K.V. Briar said...

Who doesn't want an nice core for swimsuit weather this summer?! I love plank pose and bicycles! Awesome post!

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