4 Stretches To Do at Your Desk


Sitting without moving can make you feel tired and can cause harm to your body. While it may not be possible to get up and run a mile while you are stuck at work, performing some simple stretches can do wonders for both your physical and mental state. These stretches can be completed while in your office or cubicle, most can even be done while in your chair.

Seated Twist

Sit tall and in good posture to start. Place your right hand on the outside of your left knee and twist as far as possible to the left. Place your left hand on the back of the chair for leverage to deepen the stretch. Release and twist to the other side using the same motion.

Hamstring Stretch

While on a conference call or short break, take a second to stretch your hamstrings. To start, stand in good posture with feet just a little closer than hip width apart. Soften your right knee and extend your left leg in front of you with your heel firmly planted on the floor. Draw your left toes upward, keeping the knee bent slightly. Hold the stretch for about 20-30 seconds and repeat on the opposite side.

Chest Elevation

This simple stretch can be done without turning heads. To start, sit in good posture in your chair, with feet flat on the floor and back straight. Raise your chest up without looking up. Keep your chin flat and parallel with the floor. Breathe normally, holding the abs in for best results. Hold for about 10 seconds, and then relax. Repeat about 10 times.

Upper Back and Neck Stretch

This stretch can be done while sitting or standing, but should be done in good posture in either case. To start, clasp your hands behind your head. Open up your chest and breathe deeply as you pinch your shoulders together behind you. Hold the stretch for about 10 seconds, and then relax. Repeat several times for best results.

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