Do you have a job that requires you to sit at a desk all day? You’re going to want to get up and do some stretches. Sitting too long isn’t good for anyone. These easy to do exercises will help loosen your body and get blood flowing. That way you don’t feel like a potted plant from sitting all day.
1. Upper arm stretch
Lift one arm and bend it behind your head. Place your other hand on your elbow. Now pull on your elbow with your hand. You’ll feel the muscles in your shoulders stretching. You don’t even need to get out of your chair to do this exercise.
2. Chest stretch
This is one of the easiest exercises you’ll ever do. Simply put both of your hands behind your head. Squeeze your shoulder blades together. Bring your elbows as far back as possible. Hold this position for 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat as often as you like.
3. Chin tuck
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any easier. For this exercise all you have to do is press your chin down. Just press your chin down right into your chest. You’ll feel tension in the back of your neck. Hold this position also for 15 to 30 seconds. You can also repeat this exercise as often as you like.
4. Yes and no
Just pretend that you’re nodding yes or no. How much more simple can you get? You can even wiggle your head in different directions if you like. You’ll feel tension in your neck and shoulders. That tension will go away thanks to this exercise.
5. Simple neck stretch
Think of a dog while doing this. You’ve probably seen how a dog does its head when it doesn’t understand something. Just think of that and you’ll always remember this exercise. What you do is tilt your head to the side. Now place your ear on your shoulder. The key thing is to not bring your shoulder to your ear. You must place your ear there. This can be quite difficult at first. You’ll get the hang of it before you know it.
6. Stretching your lower back
You’ll want to sit in your chair with good posture for this one. Now raise your knee up to your chest. Hold it there for a bit. Now slowly bring your leg down. You can do the next leg as well. You may even want to rotate the legs that you do. This will get your blood flowing. Which is something you may need for that marathon typing session that’s about to come your way.
7. Stand up and sit down
Here’s another simple exercise. All you have to do is stand up from your chair. That’s it. Sit back down and do it all over again.
8. Make circles in the air
Scoot back a little from your desk. Now extend your arms and make them stiff. Make fists on each hand. Now make circles. You’ll feel the tension in both your elbows and shoulders. This makes for a great quick exercise if you’re beginning to feel bored of your job. A few seconds of making circles and you’ll be focused on what needs done.
None of these exercises are meant to replace weight loss camp. Use these exercises at the office to get your blood flowing. To stretch your muscles and feel rejuvenated. These little exercises will help ease the midday office desk boredom, all while giving you a small health benefit.