Couple this with a poor diet, and you’re asking for trouble. Don’t stress out, though, there are plenty of stretches you can do at the office to keep your body as active as your mind.
1. Back Stretch – Stretching your back can help alleviate some of the upper body pain cause by sitting in your chair all day. Simply interlock your fingers with your palms together, and then turn your palms away from your body. Straighten out your elbows and reach over your head as if you’re reaching for the sky. Hold this position for as about 15 seconds.
2. Chest Stretch – The chest stretch is great if your job entails sitting at a computer for long periods of time. You can do this stretch sitting or standing. Interlock your fingers behind your back and turn your palms out. Then, lift your hands up as far as you can. Keep this position for a few seconds, then relax and repeat if necessary.
3. Neck Stretch – Start by sitting up straight in your chair. Slowly lower your head to your right shoulder. Hold this position for about 15 seconds. Then, slowly switch to the other side. You can also lower your head forward and backward to make a complete circle for your neck. Make sure to breathe slowly while doing this stretch.
4. Hamstring Stretch – The hamstring stretch is another great stretch to help you feel energized. You need to stand up for this stretch. Start with your feet hip-width apart. Then slowly bend from the waist, reaching your hands towards your feet. Make sure your legs stay straight. You will feel this one along the back of your upper thighs. Hold this position for at least 15 seconds then come up slowly.
5. Calf Stretch – This one is super easy. Start by standing in front of either a wall or your desk. Angle your right foot so that your toes are on the wall while your heel is still on the ground. Then, lean your body towards the wall. You can place both of your hands on the wall for balance. Hold this position for 15 seconds then, repeat with your left foot against the wall.
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