Medical Exercise Trainer Creates Desk Workout to Help Your Body Recover from Sitting All Day

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Our Rising to the Challenge initiative highlights stories of leaders who use the resources they have (their businesses, skills, and networks) to have a positive impact on others during the coronavirus.

Today, we feature the story of medical exercise trainer Rob Croonborg, of suburban Chicago’s Functional Formations. Croonborg knows how long days spent seated at our desks can damage our bodies.

“When you’re sitting at a desk for a long period of time, your muscle tissue, especially in your hamstrings, begins to shorten. They pull on your lower back. Your lower back starts to tighten and that pulls on your upper back, then your neck. It’s one big chain that tightens as you continue to sit,” says Croonborg.

So at the request of the Center’s Marie Di Virgilio, Croonborg created a simple exercise routine designed to counter the effects of a day at your desk. The exercises can be done in your home office or, better yet, while taking a short recovery walk outdoors.

Download a PDF guide to Croonborg’s exercises at this link. (Consult your physician before beginning any new exercise routine.) Find a longer version of this story at our column.

Find more stories of every day actions business leaders are taking to care for others and promote hope, generosity, and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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