Sitting for long hours at your office desk increases stress and tension in your nerves, muscles, and joints and cramps up your body. Besides maintaining a suitable sitting posture, it is critical to give yourself a break every hour or two and stretch your body to prevent aches and pains from occurring in your body.
The following exercises and stretches will help you relieve tension and provide you with instant relaxation to proceed with your work.
Exercise #1: Head Rotations
Since your head is usually focused all the time whether you are on a computer screen or a board meeting, it is crucial to help flex it to prevent neck soreness.
Click here for a video detailing how it’s done.
Exercise #2: Shoulder Shrugs
Stretches for the shoulders to avoid soreness.
Exercise #3: Wrist, Hand, and Finger Stretches
Your hands do most of the activity such as typing, carrying documents, etc. It is critical to keep them stretched to avoid spraining them.
Click here for a detailed video guide on how it’s done.
Exercise #4: Torso/Oblique Twists
This stretching is targeted towards your midsection to release tension.
To get an idea on how it’s done click this video link here.
Exercise #5: Leg Stretches
Legs remain inactive for most part of the day due to a sedentary lifestyle. You need to stretch them from time to time to keep them limber.
Stretching your body is more likely to keep you healthy and minimize discomfort than not stretching all day. So find the time to repeat these exercises. If you do not have your own office you can do the stretches in your cubicle. You can also do some of these when you are watching TV. In addition, going to a nearby gym for 20 minutes will also help your wellbeing.
Written by Benjamin Roussey for bodono.
Benjamin Roussey is from Sacramento, CA. He has two master’s degrees and served four years in the US Navy. His bachelor’s degree is from CSUS (1999) where he was on a baseball pitching scholarship. He has an MBA in Global Management from the Univ. of Phoenix (2006) where he attributes his writing prowess. He has worked everywhere from small businesses to large corporations, and also for public agencies. He has lived in Korea and Saudi Arabia where he was an ESL instructor. He misses Saudi food and living in Korea. Benjamin has a tremendous work ethic and is quite focused. Now he writes professionally for several clients that covers one sector of our economy to another. Currently he lives in the Phoenix area after living in Cabo San Lucas, MX for 3 years. He enjoys sports, movies, reading, and current events when he is not working online: www.infinista.com.