Stretches You Can Do At Your Desk
Across the globe, millions of people sit at a desk for the majority of their day, 5 days per week, for up to 40 weeks per year, which can lead to all sorts of aches, pains, and postural issues.
These stretches are a simple way to not only loosen your muscles throughout the day, but also leave you feeling refreshed and less tired.
Computer work tends to collapse the chest and this stretch will open up the frontline of your body. Seated upright in your chair with a long spine, reach behind your chair and interlace your fingers. Focus on drawing your collar bones apart from one another. Hold for 20-30 seconds. Repeat 3-5 times.
Sitting can compress and round your spine and this stretch will lengthen your spine from top to bottom. Seated upright in your chair with a long spine, interlace your hands above your head and press your palms to the sky. Focus on drawing your shoulders together and down away from your ears. Hold for 20-30 seconds. Repeat 3-5 times.
Computer works can tense the forearms and aggravate wrists. To stretch your wrists, press your palms together in front of your chest in a prayer position and then flip your palms so the tops of your hands are touching. Hold for 10-15 seconds. Repeat 3-5 times.
Hip Flexor Stretch
Studies have shown that people spend well over half their waking hours sitting, which can cause tight hips and potential back pain. In a modified lunge position, bring the shoelace side of one foot to your chair and draw your lifted knee toward the floor to open your hip flexor. Hold for 20-30 seconds. Switch sides.
Sitting can also cause tight hamstrings since they’re always in a shortened position, which can also cause low back pain. Seated upright in your chair, extend your legs in front of you, flex your toes, and fold your chest toward your legs with a long spine. Hold for 20-30 seconds.
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