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Post  Jerry on Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:56 am

Sitting by the desk all day in front of a computer, I often get stiff back. I know I should strengthen my core and get up relax etc, but am just curious about your experience.

With a strong core, maybe I can sit there all day? Very Happy

I am really curious how weak mine is.
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Post  Dave-O on Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:59 am

See how long you can do a front plank. Report your time and I'll let you know how weak your core is.

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Post  Admin on Mon Mar 12, 2012 11:13 am

Regardless of core strength (or lack of core strength), make sure your chair is adjusted properly and that your seated position aligns your back. Definitely take breaks throughout the day. If necessary, get a pillow to use for lower lumbar support to keep your back straight when seated.

Some days, I miss the physical work of my younger days... I, too, spend most of my day in a chair.

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Post  Ben Z on Mon Mar 12, 2012 11:16 am

I have the same problem and all that seems to help is getting up to stretch / get the blood flowing at least every two hours. Then supplement with two-to-three 20-30 min core workouts each week as well.
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Post  Jerry on Mon Mar 12, 2012 11:30 am

Ok, just for fun, I did this front plank the first time at office, so I am not sure how well my form was.

93 seconds, I could probably hold to 2 minutes probably, but after 1 minute, my body started shaking.
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Post  Jerry on Mon Mar 12, 2012 11:43 am

@Mr MattM wrote:Regardless of core strength (or lack of core strength), make sure your chair is adjusted properly and that your seated position aligns your back. Definitely take breaks throughout the day. If necessary, get a pillow to use for lower lumbar support to keep your back straight when seated.

Some days, I miss the physical work of my younger days... I, too, spend most of my day in a chair.

Cool advise. Stole a better chair from an empty cube. Very Happy
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Post  dot520 on Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:58 pm

uh-oh, Jerry. I can hold a plank for 2 minutes...just saying'.
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Post  Mark B on Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:14 pm

The other thing you can do is get a big therapy ball to sit on instead of a chair. That'll improve your posture and core.
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Post  Nick Morris on Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:26 pm

Make sure that you are not doing core exercises everyday. Just like your other muscles, your core muscles need time to recover.

P.S. - 93 seconds is not a long time to hold a plank.lol!
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Post  John Kilpatrick on Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:18 pm

@Jerry wrote:Sitting by the desk all day in front of a computer, I often get stiff back. I know I should strengthen my core and get up relax etc, but am just curious about your experience.

With a strong core, maybe I can sit there all day? Very Happy

I am really curious how weak mine is.
I can relate on the days that I end up in the office (wintertime)

@Dave-O wrote:See how long you can do a front plank. Report your time and I'll let you know how weak your core is.

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Can I play? 2:30, but then I said uncle - it quit being fun at about 1:30...

@Nick Morris wrote:P.S. - 93 seconds is not a long time to hold a plank.lol!

What IS a long time to hold a plank? Nick and Tim can probably hold one for 30 minutes.......

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Post  T Miller on Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:27 am

@John Kilpatrick wrote:
@Jerry wrote:Sitting by the desk all day in front of a computer, I often get stiff back. I know I should strengthen my core and get up relax etc, but am just curious about your experience.
What IS a long time to hold a plank? Nick and Tim can probably hold one for 30 minutes.......

I've had problems with my lower back over the last couple years. I'll test how long I can hold a plank and report back.
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Post  Michael Enright on Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:03 am

I'm 55, have a herniated disc and have never had a very strong core, but I just held a plank for 2 minutes just to feel more educated about the conversation. Jerry, sounds like you ought to take care of your back better! Starting with your core probably wouldn't hurt.

I have a colleague who has a chair she bought that has one of those therapy balls built right into the chair. Sorry, but it always looks to me like she is trying to hatch a giant egg in the office.

Matt is right - sit up straight in a good chair - you can find resources on line for proper seated posture. It actually feels good once you try it for a while (he said as he slouched in his reclining office chair...).
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Post  Alex Kubacki on Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:35 am

I also like to hold the Superman and Cobra pose for lower back strengthening.
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Post  T Miller on Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:42 am

I stopped at 5 minutes.
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Post  Nick Morris on Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:26 am

@T Miller wrote:I stopped at 5 minutes.



Nice, you may have to train Jerry Cool
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Post  Dave-O on Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:46 am

@T Miller wrote:I stopped at 5 minutes.

You for real? That Ab Ripper X must really work! That's impressive. I really start struggling after 2 minutes.
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Post  T Miller on Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:24 am

@Dave-O wrote:
@T Miller wrote:I stopped at 5 minutes.

You for real? That Ab Ripper X must really work! That's impressive. I really start struggling after 2 minutes.

It wasn't easy and I was pretty sweaty when I stopped. I couldn't have made it much more, maybe another minute if I would have gone to collapse.
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Post  John Kilpatrick on Wed Mar 14, 2012 8:19 pm

@T Miller wrote:I stopped at 5 minutes.

Good gracious Tim - that is impressive! Now I really feel like a weenie! OK Nick, your turn....

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Post  Reina on Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:48 pm

My longest plank hold is about 5 min 15 seconds. :-)

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Post  John Kilpatrick on Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:52 pm

@Reina wrote:My longest plank hold is about 5 min 15 seconds. :-)

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That is awesome! I'm impressed - and very very weak in the core!

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