A recent survey showed that 8 out of 10 employees are sedentary, sitting at a desk for the majority of the day. And guess what? This contributes to a lack of work productivity. The less active you are, the more aches and pains you usually have - particularly in your neck and back. In addition, the less active you are, the less alert you become; this usually happens as the work day progresses. As the saying goes, if you don’t use it, you lose it. So use that body, get up (or in your chair) and stop being an office desk potato! Get some deskercise starting today and make your body strong with these super stretches:
Table of contents:
- yawn, reach and side bend
- sit and reach
- leg hugs
- arm circles
- arm rolls
- behind arm stretch
- spine popping stretch
1 Yawn, Reach and Side Bend
Reach high up to the ceiling and fully extend your arms as you yawn, then reach to the side. The yawn will help you to relax your body, alleviate the stress in your back and neck. The reach will help you to loosen up and just feel better. This is your first deskercise move for the day to ease your muscle tightness away.
2 Sit and Reach
As you are staring at the floor in front of you, reach to touch your toes. This simple stretch will relax your back and shoulders. So sit and reach for muscle relaxation and relief.
3 Leg Hugs
Stretch out your hamstring, the upper muscle behind your leg by giving your leg a hug. Sitting in the same position all day can have your legs feeling tight and you will find much relief in this simple stretch. So give yourself a hug and show your leg some love!
4 Arm Circles
If there is no one in your office and you have some privacy blinds; stand up to stretch out your back and shoulders with some arm circles. This will help you to relieve tension built up in your shoulders from being sedentary all day. Just a minute of circles can mean the difference from a stiff body or loose and feeling good!
5 Arm Rolls
Roll out the stress from your office duties and take a 30 second break to roll it out. Roll out your shoulders and feel looser and more energy to conquer the day. Just roll it out!
6 Behind Arm Stretch
Clasp your hands together behind you, extend your arms and stretch out your back. If you have been sitting in the same position all day, chances are it is taking a toll on your back. So stretch it out so you will avoid feeling the rigors of a sedentary day later.
7 Spine Popping Stretch
Cross your legs and lean back as you stretch out your back. This will help you to ease the tightness all the way up your spine and into your neck. Take a deep breath and relax because you are going to feel as good as new after this stretch. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat for the best results.
So be more productive and just feel better after you perform these great desk stretches. Are you ready to feel your best at work? If you want to even feel better, go for a workout over your lunch break! And get your office fit on!
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