Six Subtle Stretches To Do At Your Desk
Feeling a little tense at work? If you've answered yes, then step away from your keyboard, take your eyes off the screen, and spend a few moments focusing on your body! A quick stretching break could be just what you need to feel refreshed and reinvigorated! Taking just 5-10 minutes to stretch it out is a great alternative to downing an extra cup of coffee when the afternoon slump hits. Perform all of the stretches below, or pick one or two, to target any part of your body that feels tight or out of whack.
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Targets: Stretches the shoulder muscles including the deltoid, teres minor, and supraspinatus.
Directions: Start by sitting tall. Grab one arm above your elbow with your opposite hand, and pull it across your body toward your chest until you feel a stretch in your shoulder. Make sure to keep your elbow below shoulder height. Hold for at least 30 seconds and then repeat on the other side.
Targets: Stretches the deltoid and triceps
Directions: Start by sitting tall. Bring one arm overhead and drop your forearm behind you, resting your hand on your back between your shoulder blades. With your other hand, grab right above your bent elbow and pull gently, until you feel a stretch in your shoulder and the back of your arm. Make sure you're not pulling on your elbow! Try to keep your bicep close to your ear, and don’t force it past. Hold for at least 30 seconds and then repeat on the other side.
Targets: Stretches the low back, hamstrings, and calves
Directions: While sitting tall at the edge of a chair, straighten both legs in front of the body with the heels on the floor. Then, sit up straight and while you lean forward, think of pushing the navel towards the thigh while making sure to not round the shoulders forwards. Hold for at least 30 seconds. *can also be done one leg at a time.