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Staying sharp in 2016

Author: Nicky

Twelve PR Co-founder
Apples to illustrate staying fit

If you want to get fit in January, read on.

If you’re fed up with people talking about getting fit in January, read on.

If you’re keen to work with sharp-minded people read on.

Basically this is a blog post for everyone.

So, if you want to get fit in January I would like to refer you directly to an article from our local out-post of that glorious club for celebs and media types, Soho Farmhouse.

The blog post is reproduced below, it’s all about exercises you can do at your desk, written by Paul Vincent co-founder of Altus Health, and reproduced with grateful thanks from the members newsletter.

Hip Flexor stretch

Shift to one side of your chair and tuck one of your legs behind you. This will lengthen your hip-flexors, for more of a stretch, push your heel to the ground. Hold this for a few minutes then switch back and forth between each leg.

Glute stretch

Cross one ankle over the other knee. The knee should not stick up but fall flat inline with the other leg. Hold this position for at least five minutes to really feel the stretch.

Shift positions

The simple act of shifting positions regularly makes a massive difference in preventing bad posture. Set an alarm that reminds you every hour to shift position.

Glute activations

Scoot to the end of your chair and start to stand up using one leg. You don’t actually have to leave your chair just the act of initiating will cause your muscles to contract and stay healthy.

Glute medius

If you want to get really fancy you can wrap a resistance band around your thighs and use it to do seated clams, which will help strengthen your gluten medius.

Lay prone on the floor

This is one of my favorite ones because you are in a back extension, which is an opposite position to what we are normally in. Lay face down on the floor with your computer in front of you, prop yourself up on your elbows and relax your back and shoulders. This one will definitely result in some odd looks from colleagues! Get them to join you or sneak off to a private office.

Standing quad stretch

Put your foot up against the wall behind you so your knee is bent and you feel a stretch in the front of your leg, switch between each leg every few minutes.

Tricep dips

You can always sneak in a few triceps dips on your lunch break. Face away from the edge, lean on the desk with your hands behind you, fingertips facing forward and slowly lower your body down towards the ground. Always check the surface is strong enough to hold your body weight before you do this.

Single leg balance

This is a good one to do when you are on a phone call. Simply stand on one leg and attempt to keep you balance. This will light up the nerve receptor communication throughout your body and your brain.

 On the other hand…

… if you’re looking for a more relaxed approach to January then I refer you to Digg which is another resource enjoyed by media types, but a little less salubrious.

“Digg delivers the most interesting and talked about stories on the Internet right now…. Digg does curation”

Here’s a link straight to the article ‘Why dry January is the worst curated by Digg from ‘First We Feast’.

And finally…

Wanting to work with sharp-minded people.

Well I hoped, by using the ‘show-don’t-tell- approach’ in this blog, you would see that here at Twelve we are people with a sharp sense of humour, access to all the latest resources you need in the fast moving media world, and well connected too.

Happy New Year!

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