Our bodies are not meant to sit all day. Prolonged sitting can cause soreness, muscle tension, and stiffness. Stretching can help avoid injuries and stop you from feeling sore at the end of the day. To get the best effects, stretch at least once per hour.
Here or some examples of easy stretches you can do right at your desk!
Back/Side Stretch – Interlace your fingers and lift your arms over your head, don’t lock your elbows.
Press your arms as far back as you can, then slowly lean to one side, then the other.
Neck Relaxer – With your shoulders back, and back straight, exhale while slowly dropping your head to one side. Inhale and bring the head back to the neutral position. Repeat for the other side.
And a couple more bonus ones because two just doesn’t seem like enough!
Shoulder Roll – In correct posture, inhale while slowly raising your shoulders towards your ears. Roll your shoulders backwards 5 times in a circular motion. Repeat in the opposite direction.
Leg Lift – Sit a few inches forward, so that your back is not touching the backrest. Lift one leg off of the floor and hold for 10 sec. Repeat with the other leg.
Remember to relax and breathe while you’re stretching!