Today I wanted to share are some awesome stretches that I have been doing at my desk. I spend a lot of time on my computer every day like many of you. We are all hearing more and more how sitting all day is the equivalent of smoking daily. Yikes! Although we can make more effort to get up and move around a little it can be hard to avoid prolonged periods of sitting when we need to get a project done.
Here are a few of the stretches that you can do at your desk that I have found to be most helpful. I often suggest these to my training clients who work at computers as well.
These stretches are specifically for the upper body, but I have a few for your lower half I will put together for a future post.
Best Desk Stretches
Working out and staying active are very important for your overall health. However, not enough attention is paid to the posture that we should be mindful to maintain every day. It is so easy to allow our shoulders to slouch forward.
Checking in and making sure we are organized is so crucial. Your shoulders should be directly in line with the hips. Using my hands as a guide, I make sure my abs are contracted so that my back is not rounded.
Side Neck Stretch
This one is a classic and has been in numerous stretching DVD routines I have collected through the years. I also remember it being used by my physical therapist when I did Physical Therapy years ago for my shoulder. Wrap your hand around your head and gently pull so that your neck is taut ad you feel a good stretch. This is helpful for when your neck and shoulders get tight.
I use my hand to aid me in this exercise too. I place them at my clavicle (bones at the base of your neck) and gently push my back and look upward.
I extend one hand out in front of me and hold it with my palm facing down. I push down with the other hand to give the hand a gentle push so that it relaxes my wrist.
You can rotate the hand and try both directions. They both beneficial especially if you spend long periods of time typing away on the computer.
Who knew your desk chair could turn into a piece of exercise equipment?
Reach back and grab your chair and alternate turning to the right and left.
Overhead Shoulder Stretch
Clasp your hands together, reach up and back.
Love this stretch.
Since working at a desk and a computer can sometimes be an inevitable fact of life stretches like theses can help you to feel a little better. I recommend doing these moves as many times as you can throughout prolonged periods of sitting.
Your turn: Do you spend long periods of time working at a computer? Share how you manage to combat the dangerous evil of sitting at a desk!
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