It’s been said that sitting is the new smoking. If you work at desk all day, it can increase your risk of death by 50% and a 125% risk of cardiovascular disease according to various studies. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way. A few stretches a day can make a huge difference for your health in the long run. Try these simple and quick office stretches that can ease physical pains and…. might save your life.
#1 Neck stretch
Sit tall with your shoulders down. Grab the opposite side of your head. Then gently pull your head towards your shoulder until a light stretch is felt. Inhale and exhale in a slow and controlled manner. Hold the pose for 10-15 seconds. Repeat for the other side.
#2 Overhead triceps stretch
Simply raise your arms over your head and interlock both hands together. Slowly bend at the elbow of your right arm and gently pull your right elbow down until you feel tension. Hold for 15 seconds. Release and repeat on the opposite side.
#3 Behind head chest stretch
Sit up straight and chest up. Put your hands on the back of your head and interlace your fingers. Gently squeeze your shoulder blades together and move your elbows and hands as far back as you are able. Hold for 10 seconds.
#4 Overhead stretch
Simply raise your arms over your head. Interlock both hands together and try your best to reach for the sky with palms facing the ceiling. Hold the pose for 10 to 30 seconds.
#5 Upper back stretch
Sit up straight. Keep your elbows straight, and raise your arms to shoulder height in front of you. Clasp fingers together with your thumbs pointing down, and reach your hands forward until your feel the stretch. Hold for 10 to 20 seconds.