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Stretching in the Office to Get More Done

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If you sit in an office all day, chances are you spend a good portion of your day hunched over a computer. To say the very least, such a posture can wreak havoc on your joints and muscles. It may be time to stretch.

It’s so darn easy to get caught up in work that we may never notice our posture and/or physical activity is lacking in the office. Just the other day my husband came home complaining that his elbows were killing him. When I asked him what he’d done, he didn’t have much of an answer. The only explanation he could possibly muster was that he must have been sitting weird and had them resting on his desk the entire day. His normal workday is 10 hours long. How could anyone stand that much pressure on their elbows for such an extended period of time? But, apparently he was so wrapped up in his daily activities that the thought to get up and stretch never even crossed his mind. Poor guy. Sore elbows for a week.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle doesn’t just benefit our bodies, but our work as well. When we stop taking care of ourselves, we stop functioning properly altogether. Without staying conscientious about diet, sleep, relaxation and physical exercise, we find ourselves dealing with higher levels of stress, exhaustion, disorganization and dozens of other mental, emotional and physical limitations. In other words, over-extending to the point that may categorize you as a workaholic isn’t a good thing. So what can we do about it?

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The Methodology Blog has covered lots of different ways we can be productive while also staying kind to our bodies. We’ve urged our readers to consider that healthy eating and exercise are directly linked to workplace productivity. We’ve noted that taking breaks from electronics can help lessen our habit of always staying connected. We’ve highlighted the idea that adopting busyness and exhaustion as a way of life is the best way to become an underachiever. We’re proud to be strong advocates for personal time off and relaxation.

However, if these previous posts left you unconvinced about what’s truly healthy for you, consider taking small steps to begin a better regimen at work. There are 5 stretches for people who are stuck at a desk all day that come highly recommended. If nothing else, consider that taking a few minutes out of your day to do these stretches may help significantly when it comes to those aches and pains you suffer at the end of the workday.

Check out the stretch suggestions below:

Chest Opener

Rest your chin onto your neck and reach your arms behind you until your hands meet. Interlace your fingers and lift your arms up until you feel a stretch in your chest and front shoulders. Hold for 10 seconds, release, and repeat.

Hip Release

Kneel on the floor and step your left leg out in front of you at a 90-degree angle, placing your left foot flat on the floor. Press your hips forward until you start feeling a stretch. For an added stretch, raise your right hand above your head. Hold for 10-15 seconds and then switch sides.

Trunk Rotation

Lie on your back with your arms and legs open and relaxed. Bring your knees to your chest, and then let them both slowly fall to one side of your body, while keeping your upper torso neutral and your arms on the floor. Hold for 10-15 seconds and then move to the other side. Repeat 2-3 times.

Shoulder Rolls

Practice rolling your shoulders forward and backward several times to loosen up your upper body. Do 10 reps each way, rest and repeat 2-3 times.

Head To Toe Stretch

Stand up and reach your arms high over your head until you feel a stretch. Hold for about 8-10 seconds and then reach your hands down to your toes. Hold for 8-10 seconds and repeat.

We can’t always be on top of things at the office, but a healthy lifestyle should be a priority. After all, as many of us have heard before–we only have one body, better be safe and take care of it. To learn more about AccelaWork and how we can help you maintain a healthy work/life balance, contact us at AccelaWork today!

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Ashley Lee

Ashley Lee

Ashley has been working with the AccelaWork team since 2008. She is a communications expert with a background in corporate work, and a graduate of the University of Dayton with a degree in Public Relations. She lives in the greater Indianapolis area with her husband and four children. Ashley enjoys jewelry, fashion, and coffee.
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