We spend an enormous amount of time sitting in the same position, so let’s reset our work time with some quick and easy desk stretching exercises! Please remember, don’t do anything that hurts. Everyone is different, so listen to your body and work within your own limitations. Also, if you have wheels on your chair, make sure to secure them against something so the chair doesn’t start moving during a stretch.
To help you along, our desk stretching exercises have been arranged in top to toe order. Try and do at least 3 of these stretches every hour to break the physical monotony of sitting in one position.
Just so you know…
*GOOD SEATED POSITION: Sit up straight, feet on the ground and hip width apart. Pecs towards the sky, shoulders down and back. Imagine your spine as a column and gently extend it up whilst leaning down onto your sitting bones. Bring your belly button towards your spine a little bit when you do this (it will help engage your ‘core’ and stop you leaning forward).
**LOW & SLOW BREATH: Image you have a little balloon in your lower torso. Breathing slowly in through your nostrils, gently fill this balloon – don’t overfill it or it will burst! Mentally count “1, 2, 3” as you’re breathing in and then breathe out slowly through your mouth to the same number. This is to stop you breathing too high (clavicular breathing), which will tense your shoulders and neck.