4 Easy Stretches To Do at Your Desk
We all know it’s important to move about our day and get up and stretch. If we don’t, we risk suffering from back pain, weight gain, and various other health issues. While working from home makes it easier to get up and stretch, sometimes it’s not ideal to get up and do so when needed.
Whether you’re on a call, just need a quick break, or want to stay seated, easy desk stretches are important in your daily work life. We’ve compiled some of the best options below for increased mobility, blood flow, and energy throughout your day.
Fix Tight Hips
“How to Quickly Relieve Tension: Try doing a stretch to release tight hip flexors. Kneel on your left knee—like you are about to propose to someone—and place your right foot forward with your right knee bent at a 90-degree angle. Shift your pelvis forward, bend your front knee and tuck your butt under until you feel a deeper stretch in the left hip. Hold for 30 seconds. Switch legs.”
Stretch the Shoulders
This a stretch you can do sitting down. Touch your opposite shoulder blade, and then gently grab your elbow, and pull it towards the opposite side.
Lift and Relax
“Inhale deeply and shrug your shoulders, lifting them high up to your ears. Hold. Release and drop. Repeat three times.
Shake your head slowly, yes and no. You might as well amuse yourself while you do it to relax even further. Ask yourself silly questions: “Is your boss an idiot?” Move your head up and down, “Yes, yes, yes.” Side to side: “No. No. No.” (Shedding tension is as much mental as physical.)”
Release the Strain
“Sitting up straight, with your feet flat and shoulders back, grab onto the bottom of your chair with your right hand. Then slowly tilt your head sideways, bringing your left ear toward your left shoulder until you feel a gentle stretch along the right side of your neck and shoulder. Hold for 10 to 15 seconds; repeat on the opposite side. Do this stretch a few times a day to help prevent a strain from starting in the first place.”
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