Press Pause for a Stretch Break
You know the feeling. You’ve been stuck at your desk for hours, and your body is stiff and achy. You’re finding it hard to concentrate, and every time you look at the pile of work on your desk you tense up even more. When you do finally get up from your chair your knees creak, your muscles ache and your first few steps make you want to sit down again. It’s an exhausting cycle.
Fortunately, there are some simple stretching exercises you can do at your desk to help you stay loose, relaxed and tension-free. Make a habit of doing these quick and easy stretches every day and your whole body will feel better. They’re easy and don’t require any equipment or experience to do.
Stretching the stress away
Stretching at your desk combined with deep breathing can help you to relax and concentrate at work. Hold each stretch for at least 10 seconds, or to a point where the tension seems to melt away as the muscle relaxes. Be sure to stretch slowly, avoid bouncing and stretch only as far as you feel comfortable. You should never feel any pain when stretching, but rather a slight pull or mild discomfort. If you have time, try to repeat each stretch at least two times.
An easy beginner stretching routine
Ready to add some stretches to your day? This easy beginner stretching routine will help keep the aches and pains away.
For additional information and helpful hints on how to put physical activity back into your day, visit the Winnipeg in motion website at www.winnipeginmotion.ca/work or call the in motion Info line at 940-3648.
Thank you to Sharon Walters, Tannis Pratt and Jim Legeros for modeling stretching exercises.