Healthy Computing: Wall Slide

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Do you find that you sit for long periods of time at your desk or
computer? When you get up, does your back feel a little stiff? Jobs that
have us sitting day after day can contribute to back weakness even if we
have a good ergonomic chair. Back pain is the most common complaint for
workplace injuries. Reduce back discomfort when you practice the WALL
SLIDE.*

HOW TO DO A WALL SLIDE:

Lean against a solid wall as you stand with your feet hip-width apart and
toes pointing straight ahead (remove high-heeled shoes to do this
exercise). Press or flatten your lower back against the wall and slowly
slide down as if in a sitting position. Make sure that your knees bend so
that they remain above your ankles. Your knees should be hip-width apart
and should not pass your ankles as you slide down the wall. Hold as long
as you can, then slowly slide up the wall as you straighten your legs.
Repeat 2 to 3 times.

*We thank Bernie Tano and Occupational Health and Safety for healthy back
exercises.

Avatar Written by Erik Peper PhD

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