Stretching Excercises You Can Do At Your Desk!

13 Jun

If you’re like me…you have to work a typical 9-6 type job. I can’t complain too much because I absolutely LOVE what I do. I am a Social Media Specialist in the Travel and Hospitality Industries. The properties I work for are all over Mexico, so I have been able to travel down there on occasion! The only thing about working in Social Media, is that it requires me to be online and sitting at a desk all day. I have flexibility to work from home, and I will sometimes sit out on my patio or on the couch, but I still have to be “connected” at all time to my email. I have noticed that tension has been creeping up in my neck and shoulders and I feel stressed, even though I really am not stressed. I have recently started doing little stretches at my desk (nothing too crazy, you don’t want to look like a weirdo!) and I wanted to share with you a few of them! Happy stretching!

  1. Shoulder Rolls – This is definitely a stretching exercise that helps to relieve tension in the shoulders and around the shoulder blades. Inhale as you lift your shoulders up, and exhale as you roll them back and down. Repeat this one shoulder at a time, alternating sides for 5 reps each side.
  2. Wrist Stretch – I am typing all day long, so my wrists get a little stiff and sore after a while. What you want to do is reach your right arm straight in front of you, then with your left hand, clasp your right hand and pull your finger tips back towards you. To this pulling your fingers back up, and back down too so it stretches both sides of your wrist. Hold each stretch for 10-15 seconds, and then repeat on the other side. I would recommend doing this stretch twice a day or more.
  3. Neck Stretch – This is a great stretch when you start to feel compression in your neck and cervical spine. Sit up straight so your back is not touching the chair. Tilt your head to the right, so your right ear moves towards your right shoulder. Take your right hand and place it on the left ear, and gently use resistance to stretch all the muscles in your neck. Take deep breaths and hold for a few seconds, then repeat on the other side. I like to do this stretch 2-3 times a day. 🙂
  4. Spinal Twist – For me, this is like a mini chiropractic move, but to some they just like the stretching feeling. This usually cracks my back which releases a lot of tension for me. I am not recommending you try to crack your back if you are not comfortable with it or used to it, just take the stretch as deep as you can. Sitting straight with your back off the chair, twist your body to the right. Use both hands to grab your arm rest, take a deep breath in and as you exhale, use your arms to twist your torso more, then inhale and exhale and twist more. Repeat for a few seconds and then repeat on the other side. Again, I typically do this stretch twice a day.

Hopefully these few little stretches help you relax and ease a little bit of tension. It is hump day, so the week and the stress is almost more than half way over!

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