Now here is something to watch on your weekend.
Kelly Starrett did a talk in the Health at Google series.
Titled “Deskbound”, he talks about what prolonged periods of sitting does to our bodies and how we can fight that evil.
Basically, the talk is a brief summery of what you have already learned if you regularly watch his mobility wod clips.
Health@Google presents: “DeskBound” by Kelly Starrett [56min]
From the description
Everyone knows that prolonged sitting at a desk is hard on your body and health, and an inevitable part of being a functioning modern human. The problem is, sitting is a high-skill and creatively demanding activity. Everyone should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves. This includes knowing how survive the high risk, high stakes game of being “desk bound”. Armed with a pinch of game theory, a dose of anatomy, and a picture of one of the all-time best sitters, you can transform any desk into a platform for thriving.
He shows how to easily get into perfect typing position at 23:40 by first externally rotating the arm and then flipping the hands over.
He also talks about the importance of hydration and recommends drinking half your body weight (in lbs) in ounces (at 29:20). But don’t forget to put some salt in it. Electrolytes (potassium, magnesium, calcium) are important for your body to absorb the water.
“De-Lamination (at 31:30)” with Lacrosse ball drills, like the tack and stretch.
Then he shows some stretches you can do at your desk job (at 36:30).
Minimum therapeutic dose? 2 min. Most important though is, “Start doing something.”
Great idea is introducing little penalties (at 38:15). Every time you get up do something for a minute (soft tissue work).
He also talks about standing correctly. If you have a standing desk, walk around a bit.
“Best position is the next position.”
Mix it up!
“Start as best as you can Get as organized / as efficient as you can. Make as few compromises as possible and change will come over time.”