If you work in an office you probably sit down at your desk for 80% of the day – not ideal for your body! You hunch over your computer as you type and don’t really move other than to get your lunch. To make sure you don’t suffer from serious injuries such as RSI, tennis elbow and carpal tunnel you should break up your work day by doing stretching exercises at your desk.
We’re going to start with the simplest and easiest. Simply stand up and then sit back down again without using your hands.
Sitting is the worst thing you can do, substitute it for walking, standing or sitting on an exercise ball. A lot of offices now have standing desks, however not many have exercise balls and I certainly haven’t seen any treadmills in an office. But, if you work from home this is a great way to get more exercise.
Shrug your shoulders
To release your neck and shoulders you should inhale deeply and shrug your shoulders. Repeat this three times.
To help with your upper body, take a deep breath in and as you exhale turn to the right, grab the back of your chair with your right hand and grab the arm of your chair with your left. Keep your eyes level and twist your torso as far to the back of the room as possible. Hold and then slowly return to facing forward.
Take hold of your chair so you don’t fall off. Extend your legs straight out in front of you so they are parallel to the floor then point and flex your toes five times.
Cross your arms
To stretch your shoulders and upper back you need to extend one arm in front of you and grab the elbow of the extended arm. Now, pull the arm across your chest. Hold then release and repeat with the other arm.
Sit up in your chair or stand up. Stretch your arms above your head and interlock your fingers. Face the ceiling with your palms as you lift your chin up, tilt your head back and look at the ceiling. Breathe in and out then release.