Sitting at your desk too long can literally be a pain – you should be getting up to walk around and stretch every hour. To show you just how easy that can be, we’ve got a few stretch & flex exercises that you can do right at your desk.
Workplace & Office Stretches
Perform these stretches every 1-3 hours and hold for 15-30 seconds. Give a gentle tug, stretches should not be painful.
With your opposite hand, pull palm backward. Hold for 15-30 seconds and repeat with the other hand.
Place your right hand on top of your head and gently assist your head to the right. Hold for 15-30 seconds and repeat with the opposite side.
Hamstring & Calf Stretch
You can either stand up or sit at the edge of your seat. Place your heel on the floor and straighten your knee. Lean forward, then repeat with the opposite leg.
And just for good measure, we’ve got a few tips to stay active at work, and burn a few calories.
– Take the scenic route
– Park further away from the door
– Take the stairs rather than the elevator
– Walk the long way to the restroom
– Move on
– Stand up meetings
– Quick question = a quick walk
– Arrange your workspace for movement
– Stand to check your emails and messages
– Got a conference call? Use a headset and try a few stretch & flex exercises
Just because you’ve got a desk job doesn’t mean you literally have to sit all day. If you have any questions on office ergonomics, our occupational therapy team is available to do on-site checkups, treat injuries, and offer tips for any type of working scenario. You spend a lot of time at work, its important to make sure you’re comfortable.