It’s easy for your body to tense up and create blockages when you are working at a desk all day long. Here we’ll give you some easy stretches you can do while sitting at your desk! They can release built up tension and help you feeling good to continue on your day at the office. <3
Upper body stretches:
Arm and side Stretch – Interlace your fingers and push your palms up to the sky. Inhale and exhale towards the right to stretch your left side. Inhale come back to center and exhale to the left to stretch your right side.
Cow Face arms– Inhale and bring your right arm up to reach behind your back and bring your left hand to your back with the palm facing outwards. Bind your fingers and open the chest. Feel the stretch in the shoulders. Exhale release the bind and switch sides.
Shoulder stretch – As your sitting in your chair, drop your hands behind the back of your chair and interlace the fingers. Inhale, straighten the arms and open the chest, hold here for 5 breaths and release.
Trap release and Neck Stretch – Sit tall in our chair and reach your left arm out to the side. Gently lower your right ear to your shoulder to feel a stretch in the left side of your neck. If you want a more intense stretch, you can bring your right hand over your head to get a deeper stretch in the neck. Hold for 5 breaths and release. Repeat on the other side.
Lower Body Stretches:
Leg extensions – Sit up and grab the outer edges of your chair. Lift one leg up and extend them out until they are parallel to the floor. Hold this position and then you can point and flex your feet forward and back to stretch the leg muscles. Come down, switch legs and repeat on the other side!
Thigh Stretch– Sit tall in your chair, with your back straight. Interlace your fingers behind one of your thighs and gently pull your knee towards your chest. Hold for at least 20 seconds and release. Relax and repeat with your other leg.
Spinal Twist– Keep both feet flat on the ground and turn in your chair. Hold on to the back of the chair firmly with both hands and twist towards the back of the chair, while keeping your hips squared in the same place.
Hip Stretch– Sit upright and tall in your chair. Lift one leg up and bring the ankle over your knee. While keeping the back straight, lean forward until you feel a stretch in your hip. Hold this position for 15 – 30 seconds and then repeat it on the other side.
It’s good to have a daily stretch at your desk, especially if you are spending long days at the office. Office yoga is a great way to deal with the stresses of your daily life while increasing your flexibility and also improving your mood! Reduce your stress and enjoy! <3