Stretching At Work

Author: Timothy Bibbs

Stretching at work

As our jobs increasingly require us to spend hours on end at our desk, it's easy to forget the importance of keeping our bodies moving and limber. Although it may feel like a wasted few minutes, taking some time out of your day to stretch and increase your circulation can make you healthier, more alert and even more productive in the long run.

These simple stretches and exercises will help you beat that sore, lethargic feeling and get your blood pumping and your body stronger and more pliable in minutes.

Shoulder shrugs
Breathing deeply and bringing your shoulders to your ears and back down a few times can help you release tension in your neck. Shaking your head from side to side and up and down is another way to keep your neck ache-free.

Shoulder retractions
In your chair, place your hands on your hips and pull your shoulder blades together and hold for 10 or 15 seconds. This will loosen your shoulders and expand your chests for increased air flow.

Arm circle
Make a circle above your head with your fingers interlocked and pointing up. Straighten your elbows and hold for about half a minute to stretch your back and shoulders.

Chair twists
Turn right in your chair and grab its back with your right hand, and turn as far as you can toward the opposite way you are facing. Repeat going left. This will help reduce tightness in your torso and back.

Tree pose
To bring a little yoga into your office, try the tree pose. Standing straight with your feet touching, slowly pull up your left leg until the sole of your foot is against the inner thigh of your other leg and hold for 20 to 30 seconds to increase balance.

Upper back
Standing up, interlock your fingers around the back of your head. Pull your elbows back and shoulders together to stretch your upper back.

In Brief

  • As our jobs increasingly require us to spend hours on end at our desk, it's easy to forget the importance of keeping our bodies moving and limber.
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