It’s four o’clock and it’s a race against the clock to finish your work for the day. Glued to your computer and shackled to your office chair, your lower back is aching and your shoulders are at your ears. Your focus and energy are waning.
Skip the jitters-inducing afternoon coffee and instead try these office-friendly stretches to improve your productivity. “At-desk stretches will not only help with your range of motion and posture but they also help increase your energy level and relieve stress at work,” explains Eve Karlin, a fitness manager at Crunch Fitness.
Karlin suggests stretching three times during the workday: morning, noon and late afternoon, to refresh your mind and relieve the muscular tension brought on by workplace stressors. Follow her simple steps to stimulate circulation, alleviate tension and still crush that looming deadline.
Mid-Back Lats Stretch Stand with your feet hip width apart. Hold your hands together above your head and lean to one side. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds and then repeat on the other side.
Hip Abductor Stretch Sit at the edge of your office chair with knees directly over the ankles so your legs are bent at a 90-degree angle. Place your right ankle over your left knee. For the most effective stretch, sit up tall (as if a string is pulling the crown of your head towards the ceiling). Hold for 30 seconds and then repeat to the other side.
Lumbar Stretch Sit upright at the edge of your chair. Cross your legs, right over left. Slowly rotate your torso to the right while using your left hand to gently pull your right knee toward the left. At the same time, look over your right shoulder. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat on the other side.
Here’s to stressing less! #WorkWin