Apparently sitting for long periods leads to muscle imbalances. Due to my current situation, it is something I have to do. Hence I'd like to ask what would be some good barbell exercises to work against the negative effects of sitting?

  • Adding a hat imbalances might help. Commented Sep 14, 2023 at 20:15
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    "Apparently sitting for long periods leads to muscle imbalances." No. Just stop listening to whoever told you this nonsense. Commented Sep 15, 2023 at 6:57
  • Overhead press and bent over rows. However the idea that you can undo damage from sitting for a lot of hours every week by doing barbell exercises for a few minutes every week is probably both wrong and dangerous. As mentioned get up from your chair and move as often as you can.
    – Andy
    Commented Sep 17, 2023 at 20:09

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Just exercise.

All the risks of a sedentary lifestyle can be mitigated by, well, not living a sedentary lifestyle. When we talk about deleterious health effects of sitting all day, we’re talking about people who sit all day, and do nothing else, for years. Just exercise regularly (a combination of resistance and aerobic training), and you’ve mitigated all the risk of a sedentary lifestyle simply by not having one.

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    Even getting up every hour, and walking a quick lap around your office, or the lower floor of your house, does a lot.
    – Sean Duggan
    Commented Sep 15, 2023 at 13:06

do some squats, deadlifts and bent over rows to strengthen your core, lower back and legs which is weakened from sitting all day long/

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