When your work involves sitting down all day, it’s common to experience physical discomfort. Repetitive motions and poor posture (often associated with “desk sitters”) can cause all sorts of physical pains and health issues. We’re created a list of simple exercises you can do from your desk to help elevate some of that pain.
Researches have said that creating a habit of staying active at work can help improve both your physical and mental health. So, here’s a list of stretches you can start to incorporate into a daily routine. Remember to breathe throughout the stretches and never hold your breath.
1. Triceps stretches. This is a great way to stretch out your arms. Simply raise your arm, bend it behind your back and grab onto your raised elbow with your other arm. Slowly pull your elbow towards your head and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat on the other side.
2. Over head reach. This one is also great for the arm and for your back. Simply extend your arm over your head and reach over to the opposite side. Hold for 20 seconds and repeat with your other arm
3. Upper body stretch. Great for your back and lower arms. Extend both arms above your head and clasp your hands together with your palms facing upward. Push your arms upward and hold for 20-30 seconds.
4. Torso stretch. Clasp your hands behind your back. Next, push your chest outward and raise your chin. Hold this position for 20 seconds.
5. Forward stretch. This one is great for your neck and upper back. Clasp your hands in front of you and lower your head in line with your arms. Hold for 30 seconds.