The struggles of a 9-5 job can be back-breaking – literally! A lot of us spend hours sitting in front of our computers without taking a break to stretch our legs and joints. Stretching your limbs is one of the most important things to do – to promote further concentration and overall well-being. We’ve come up with a list of simple mini exercises to incorporate into your work routine.
Neck Tilts to Reduce Tension
Neck tilts help decrease tension on your shoulders. Stretching the neck immediately lengthens the larger muscles thus helping your body to relax. Simply tilt your head down so the chin touches the chest, hold it for 5 seconds and return to the starting point. Afterwards, tilt your head to the side – touching one shoulder with your ear and moving on to the next side.
Palm Stretches for Crazy Typers
After sitting down for hours, typing incessantly on a computer – your hands might feel cramped. Give your hands and forearms a well-deserved break by stretching them for about 15 seconds at a time making sure to alternate. You can do this from the comfort of your own desk. Your coworker might even want to give it a try after seeing you!
Use a Wall for Stretching
When your coworkers are off having lunch or attending a meeting with their bosses, sneak in a little wall exercise. This stretch is great for your back and helps to elongate your spine.
Bring a Theraband
If you already have a resistance band or a Theraband resting at home, bring it to your workplace! You can use it for light strengthening training exercises typically used for physical therapy.