Stretching at the Office can Prevent Stiff Muscles and Relieve Stress

By Lizzie Myers, August 5, 2013

Image courtesy of Traumeel.

At the office, it’s easy to switch into zombie mode. You click away at the keyboard as your eyes glaze over and before you know it, hours have passed and you haven’t budged from your desk. Heck, even your so-called “breaks” are just to check the score of last night’s game or to make a killer move in Words with Friends. By the end of the day, your body feels twice its age. Don’t panic, you don’t need to buy yourself a cane. Unfortunately, they are nature’s way of telling you that you work too hard. Lucky for you, there are ways to avoid premature stiffness and feel like yourself again.

If you’re feeling tense, sore, or restless, your body is begging you to move and stretch! Doing this will loosen up stiff muscles, reduce stress, and improve circulation and posture. Need some guidance? Here is a simple stretching guide to keep your muscles happy and healthy:

Back:

Hours of sitting in an uncomfortable desk chair can make you feel like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. To nix back aches, remain seated and align your head, shoulders and hips. Then, stretch both arms straight out in front of you, lace your fingers and flip your palms outward. Now stretch your arms up to the ceiling and hold the stretch for 15 seconds.

 Neck:

Every half hour, peel your eyes away from the computer to avoid a stiff neck. Again, remain seated and sit up straight. Slowly, tilt your head to the right so that your ear is almost touching your shoulder. Hold that stretch for 15 seconds then repeat on the left side.

Legs:

Not only should you stand up and walk as often as you can, show your hamstrings some love too! Stand up (or go to the bathroom for this stretch if you feel silly doing it in the office) and place your feet hip width apart. Without bending your knees, bend your body down slowly. Don’t push yourself if you can’t touch your toes, but bend enough to feel the stretch in your hamstrings.

 

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