Stand up from your chair, placing the resistance band in each fist. Hold your arms in front of you and stretch your arms to either side, stretching the resistance band across your chest. Witnauer says, “It’s actually going to work all your pulling muscles.” That’s any muscles that you use regularly to reach down and pick up an item. One of the benefits of the exercise is that it gives you a break from the typical forward leaning posture that most people adopt when staring at their computer. Witnauer says, “This can give you a little variety so you can stay resilient.”
Working the pushing muscles
Place the resistance band behind your shoulders and bring both sides forward under your armpits. Hold the resistance band in both hands and extend your arms all the way forward. Then pull your arms backward like you’re rowing a boat. The benefits are the extension and reach of your arm and shoulder muscles to alleviate tension and build strength.
It’s a great idea to set an alarm to encourage you to get out of your chair two or more times a day to do these exercises. Now let’s look at another exercise that incorporates your home office chair into healthy movement.