The Deskworker’s Dozen
My husband is a finance guy. I overheard him the other day explaining the concept of Aggregation of Marginal Gains, where very small, incremental, but consistent gains accrue over a period of time into something much bigger and measurable.
I realized this is exactly the method that we use to promote lasting postural changes for our patients. Spending 30 min or more a day stretching isn’t necessary, and probably not even sustainable for most people. Spending closer to 12 min a day is a much more attainable goal, and if we break that up into 6 mini breaks throughout the day, it’s even more manageable, AND not only addresses the physical needs that come from sitting (or standing) stationary at a desk, but it also offers a much needed mental reprieve in your day.
And over time, the consistency of the work will translate into improvements in your posture far beyond what you can likely imagine.
So we’ve come up with a concrete plan of attack that allows you to get control of your posture. It requires very little in the way of equipment and time expense away from your work: All you need is a big super band (something like one of these) and to set a timer to go off every 90 minutes during your work day to complete less than 2 minutes of work.
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We call it “The Deskworker’s Dozen”.
A dozen may sound like a lot, but we have mapped out a plan for you that maximizes your time and minimizes the time you have to be away from your desk.
Every 90 min, you’ll do two movements for 45- 60 seconds each, so you only have to take a 1-2 min break to get this done throughout your day :
Scapular protract/retract – 45 sec
Median nerve glide – 30 sec per side,
Crab to bridge – 45 sec
Band press hold overhead – 45 sec
Overhead squat with band – 45 sec
Standing hip CARS – 30 sec per side
Booty makers -45 sec (alternate sides throughout)
Oblique toe/shin taps- 45 sec (alternate sides throughout.
Crab toe touches – 45 sec
Cuff pectoralis stretch with band – 45 sec
Prone Ball passes – 30 sec cw/ccw
Quadruped heel slides – 45 sec (alt sides throughout)
If you’re such a grinder that you can’t seem to pull yourself away every 90 minutes, feel free to do these all together during your lunch break. The entire series will take under 15 min (12 min of work)! And by committing to doing it every day during the work week, you’ll soon actualize the mindset of Aggregation of Marginal Gains and take control of your posture.
As always, we’re here for you in the process. Please reach out if you have any difficulties with the exercises themselves, or if you are still finding difficulty implementing the change into your routine.