Why you should perform stretching exercises at your desk.
Sitting at your desk for long periods can lead to a variety of physical and mental health problems. It can cause muscle tension, stiffness, and poor posture. Taking a break to stretch can help reduce this tension and increase blood flow to areas like the neck, shoulders, and lower back. Regular stretching can also improve flexibility, and range of motion, and reduce the risk of injury.
Prolonged sitting can make you feel sluggish and tired. Stretching exercises can help increase blood flow and oxygen to the muscles, which can boost energy levels and improve mental clarity. Stretching has also been shown to reduce stress levels by releasing tension in the muscles and promoting relaxation.
Poor posture caused by prolonged sitting can cause back and neck pain. Stretching exercises can help improve posture by loosening tight muscles and promoting proper alignment. Taking regular breaks to stretch and move around can also help prevent health problems like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
Here are our top three best exercises to do at your desk. And if you would like to follow along with a video follow this link.
½ kneeling band pull.
- Squeeze back glute and push down into the floor
- Do not arch through the spine
- Pull the band out and away. Squeeze at the end.
- Pry torso from hip, release.
T-spine opener with rotation.
- Rotate through mid-back reaching as far behind.
- Without rotating through the low back.
- Rotate the thumb down (and back) to internally rotate the shoulder.
- When the thumb is back up bring the arm to neutral and switch.
March in place.
- Stand tall with happy hour beverage on pelvis.
- Pull knee up as if walking in mud.
- Flex pinkie toe toward shin to activate the shin.
- Push down through heel squeezing the glute.
In summary, getting up from your desk to do exercises and move around can have numerous benefits for both your physical and mental health. It can reduce muscle tension and stiffness, boost energy levels, reduce stress, improve posture, and prevent health problems. So if you've been sitting for a while, it's a good idea to take a few minutes to stretch and move around to keep your body and mind healthy and happy.
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