Of course it may seem weird to your coworkers to peak over to your desk and see you there, doing these interesting stretches, but that should be the least of your worries.
You see, what you are doing right now, sitting there, sitting still, and not moving at all, is so bad for your health. And not only that, its how you are sitting there, and how you are doing things that put so much strain on your body that its time you do something about it.
Remember, its all about keeping your body moving. Its often times easier said than done at the workplace, but from a long term health point of view, this is imperative to your long term health and well being.
Lets get started with some great stretches you can do, simply by staying at your desk and getting up every so often.
1. Stand Up And Then Sit Down
This may seem easy enough to do, but the point is to actually do it without using your hands. This is a great simple stretching exercise to get the blood flowing. You can do something like this even while you are on the phone. The point here is to get movement in your muscles, and is great because you don’t have to go anywhere. The up and down motion is made even more difficult because you are just using your entire body to raise and lower yourself, not by not using your hands to help you, you are taking advantage of multiple muscle groups.
2. Get Rid Of The Chair For An Exercise Ball
You have seen them all over, people sitting on these big colourful balls instead of an ordinary everyday chair. But the fact is, these exercise balls are a great way to help the back, buttocks, and leg muscles all engage in trying to keep you balanced and upright. You are not relying on the chair to help you up, and because of this, you don’t get into the bad habits of slouching over and sitting in awkward and bad for you sitting positions.
Its tough at first to get used to, but once you try it out for a week or two, you will get the hang of it and start to appreciate how it helps your entire core muscles to get more firmer and stronger. You will also start to notice your abs muscles become stronger as well. Go ahead, they are not that expensive to get by so easy to set up.
3. Release Neck Tension By Shrugging Your Shoulders
Take a deep breathe and start to shrug your shoulders, you will want to lift them up high so that they go up to your ears. Hold this position, and then slowly release and drop them back to their normal position.
This is a great stretching exercise for your neck and shoulders, so you will want to repeat this about 3 times to get the maximum beneficial effects.
Another part to this stretch is to slowly shake your head from left to right 3 times as well, this will help release some more tension and get the muscles in that part of the neck to also stretch out and relax as well. Go up and down and side to side to get the full maximum stretch.
4. Do Air Circles With Your Hands
This is a great exercise to get your upper body moving. Most of the day if you are on the computer for that matter, you are doing a lot of typing and mouse movements that don’t allow you to raise your hands up that very often.
The first thing you want to do is clench both of your fists, and then stretch both hands out and in front of you. You then want to make circle shapes in the air. Do this in one direction the first time, about 10 to 15 times. Then go the opposite direction for another 10 to 15 times, and then when you are done both directions, shake out your hands.
A thing to remember after learning all of these new stretches is to keep your body moving. Sitting all day is not good for you by any means, and the point of these exercises is to get you to move your body and get your muscles firing so that you are not stagnant all day long.