Health & Wellness

Stretching persists as a simple yet powerful tool for daily self-care. Research indicates that stretching helps increase blood flow to the muscles, enhances overall coordination, and even improves posture! Find a few minutes in your hectic workday to take care of your body, and try some of these desk-friendly combos.

 

  1. For a tricep stretch, lift one arm straight up in the air, then bend your elbow so that your hand is flat between your shoulder blades. Hold this for about 30 seconds, then switch arms. Repeat as often as you like, or until the boss comes and tells you to get back to work!

 

  1. To really work into your hips, first sit up straight into your chair with your feet flat on the ground about hips width apart, knees at a 90-degree angle. Next, place the right outside edge of your right foot just above the left knee and gently bend forward. Hold this pose for around 1 minute, then switch sides when you feel ready.

 

  1. First, find a wall or another secure solid to hold onto and stand next to it. Next, stand in a position so that your feet are together and parallel to each other. Bend one knee and lift leg towards your backside, holding your ankle towards your butt in a 90-degree angle — this is where the sturdy object comes into play to keep your balance! Hold the pose for 20 seconds and then alternate legs. Repeat 3-5 times. This fires up the muscles opposite of your hip flexors (that are getting contracted while sitting all day).   

 

Now you possess the tools to induce greatness into your day, even while sitting at your desk! Take care of your amazing body and try these simple stretching combos today.