Healthy

Now You Can Get Beneficial Stretches Done At Work—Right From Your Desk

Trying to find enough time in the workday to stretch our muscles is almost impossible anymore.  When sitting or standing at our workstations for so many long hours each day can result in stiffness and tension in our muscles, and fatigue in such areas as the neck and shoulders.

However, there are a few stretches that you can do while at your workstation, that will go a long way to benefit your overall body health.

Neck

Reach down, grabbing the side of your chair with your right hand.  Proceed to pull gently, while tilting your head to the left.  Hold this position for 30 to 60 seconds, repeating 2-3 times for each side.  This will provide a stretch of the muscles down the right side of both the neck and the shoulder.

Shoulders

In a raising motion, bring your shoulders up towards your ears until you begin to fell a slight bit of tension in your neck and shoulders.  You will then hold this position for 10 seconds.  Allow your shoulders to relax, then repeat the process two more times.

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Hands And Wrists

Grasping your hand, hold your fingers with your opposite hand.  Bending your wrist slowly downward, stopping when you feel a stretch.  Hold this position for 30 seconds.  Slowly release your wrist until the tension is gone and the wrist is relaxed.  Repeat with the other hand.

Back

Position yourself with your back straight to the chair. Extending one arm above you, proceed to reach over your body to the opposite side.  Hold this position for 30-60 seconds.  Repeat the movement 2-3 times per side.

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Although more often than not we let our exercising fall to the wayside, we do not have any excuse for that to happen with our stretches. By instituting these simple movements into your workday, your body will thank you for it, and you will, in turn, feel less fatigued and stressed as a result.