We all work different jobs, but the one thing we all have in common is that our jobs cause stress and tension in our bodies. Repetitive actions or static positions mixed with bad posture can cause a lot of the pain & tension we feel from our jobs.
Today we will cover 5 simple self-care stretch tips and tools you can use while at work to keep your body happy.
*As a rule of thumb, you should hold a stretch for no less than 30 seconds to allow the muscles to relax.
Whether you work construction or your a professional desk jockey, your hands and forearms can take a beating throughout the day. Try one of these two moves to stretch out the tight muscles in your fingers and forearm.
Hold one hand out in front of your body with your palm facing away from you. With the other hand, gently pull back your fingers toward your body until you feel the tension.
You can also point your hand down, and pull your fingers toward you.
This is a simple one but it will loosen up your lower back and legs at the same time! Stand tall and begin to bend forward at your waist, hands extended downward toward your toes. Allow yourself to sink into this one. You should feel it in your lower back and the backs of your legs as the muscles that have been tight from sitting all day begin to open up.
Standing tall, reach one arm above your head and begin to lean left or right. Allow your other arm to sink to the floor as you bend. Hold this position for no less than 30 seconds, and repeat on the other side.
To loosen up the connector muscles in your neck; let your head sink forward for 30 seconds. Then begin to roll your neck clockwise, allowing your ears to fall as close to your shoulders as possible. After 4-6 rotations, switch directions and go counterclockwise.
Last but not least the seated hip stretch is a great one for anyone in the office. From your chair place one ankle over your knee and lean forward toward the ground. Hold this pose for 30 seconds and then switch legs.
These quick stretches will help you reduce tension and keep knots at bay as you work through those long days.