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Healthy Computing: Get Swinging

© 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 look up at the clock only to find that an hour has passed since you last moved from the computer? Do you feel a little stiff from a lack of movement when standing up? Reduce stiffness and enhance blood flow when you GET SWINGING.

How to GET SWINGING:

Sit forward in your chair with your feet flat on the floor and slightly further apart than your shoulder width (remove high heeled shoes). Bend your knees at about a 100-degree angle. Let your arms hang down at your sides and outside the armrests of the chair.

Now tilt to your body to your right side so that your arm hangs freely without touching the armrest. Feel the gentle pull on the left side of your neck as your head tilts to the right. While continuing to breathe, lift your right arm about 45 degrees. Relax your arm and allow it swing back and forth like a pendulum. Let it swing by itself for about 5 seconds until it comes to a stop. Then sit up and repeat this practice with your left arm. As you tilt to the left side gently feel the pull on the right side of your neck. Gently lift your left arm about 45 degrees and let it drop and swing for 5 seconds, until it naturally stops.

Repeat this practice or other movement practices every 30 minutes.

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About The Author
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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