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Healthy Computing: Wall Slide

© Erik Peper PhD

The following is one in an ongoing series of columns entitled Healthy Computing Tips by Erik Peper PhD. View all columns in series
Optimize your performance and prevent computer-related injuries with Healthy Computing Email Tips. Each week we provide hints to help you stay healthier while working.


Do you find that you sit for long periods of time at your desk or computer? When you get up, does your back feel a little stiff? Jobs that have us sitting day after day can contribute to back weakness even if we have a good ergonomic chair. Back pain is the most common complaint for workplace injuries. Reduce back discomfort when you practice the WALL SLIDE.*

HOW TO DO A WALL SLIDE:

Lean against a solid wall as you stand with your feet hip-width apart and toes pointing straight ahead (remove high-heeled shoes to do this exercise). Press or flatten your lower back against the wall and slowly slide down as if in a sitting position. Make sure that your knees bend so that they remain above your ankles. Your knees should be hip-width apart and should not pass your ankles as you slide down the wall. Hold as long as you can, then slowly slide up the wall as you straighten your legs. Repeat 2 to 3 times.

*We thank Bernie Tano and Occupational Health and Safety for healthy back exercises.

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Erik Peper, Ph.D. is an international authority on biofeedback and self-regulation. He is Professor and Co-Director of the Institute for Holistic Healing Studies, Department of Health Education, at San Francisco State University. He is President of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe (2005) and past President of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.......more
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