[quote]Dr. Pangloss wrote:
Ten to fourteen hours a day in a chair looking at computer screens for 8 years. Breakfast and lunch are at my desk.
Unfortunately, you get used to it. Your glutes will turn off, your hip flexors will become hypertonic and shortened, your TA and RA will atrophy and your erectors will be under constant, low level tension. After a few years of this, they will become so fatigued that they will spasm at any time, for any reason. Bumping in to a table or sneezing can be enough to put you in bed for 3 days. Vicodin and flexoral become your best friends.
As your abdominal muscles atrophy, you develop thoracic kyphosis and “forward head” posture. At some point, your soft tissue will actually remodel and this posture will become irreversible.
Any other questions?
Frequent walks help but the benefit to being an office drone is I can go all out often at the gym, as long as I can make it to my desk, it doesn’t effect my job. I also stand a lot while I’m on the phone, and its part of my job to be cross departmental, so I get around a lot.
In the gym I work my posterior chain, upper back, and shoulders (mainly OH work) hard to counter office life. I could do more ab work, but I don’t think there is such a thing as “enough ab work” anyways. These priorities also align with strongman style training, so that’s what I am doing. My back and shoulders are pretty much always sore, but have never felt better.