Considering what's going on in the world you may feel like you've been working from home forever!
While the internet and technology have made working like this much, much easier to do, sitting all day, especially in a chair not exactly designed for it can take a toll on your body. You may feel your body start to ache or get tight in certain places.
If you're now working from an office, these stretches are something you can use as well to ease tension throughout the workday.
Benefits of stretching
Stretching increases blood flow to your muscles and joints which will not only ease the tension and stress you feel in your muscles but can also perk you up if you're feeling drowsy after lunch.
It can actually improve your productivity in the long run as well. Aside from perking you up and making you feel less tired, the small break you'll take away from your desk will help you focus once you return to work. Take a 5-minute break to stretch and tell your boss I said it was okay!😉
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Desk stretches to ease tension
A stretch should feel uncomfortable without being painful. If you experience any sort of pain, pinching, or feel a tear stop what you're doing immediately, ice the area, and consult a doctor.
Hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds. Repeat if necessary.
Spinal twist - Twist your body to one side and hold. You can deepen this stretch by holding onto either the arm or the back of your chair. Repeat on the opposite side.
Hamstring stretch - Sit at the edge of your chair. Straighten your legs out and lean forward towards your feet, keeping your back straight.
Reach for the sky - Interlock both of your hands with your palms facing the ceiling. Sit straight up and push your palms towards the sky to stretch out your spine.
Seated chest stretch - Reach both of your hands back behind your chair. Hold on tight and drive your chest forward.
Seated lat stretch - Raise one arm across your body and bend your arm over your head. Grab your wrist with the opposite arm and gently pull and lean to one side.
Forearm stretch - Straighten one arm out with your palm facing up. Grab the tips of your fingers with your other hand and pull them down towards the floor until you feel a stretch in your forearm.
Give these a try and you won't feel as sluggish sitting at your desk!
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