Say goodbye to a limited range of motion and tight muscles! It’s time to stretch and get focused!
How many times have you been at your desk and start daydreaming or thinking about EVERYTHING else you had to do or needed to do that day? How if you leave work at exactly 4:50 pm, you can miss after-work traffic, pick up dinner, drop it off and make it in time to your 5:30 hair appointment, when you should’ve been doing reports? Don’t worry we all have done it! But here are 5 stretches you can do in your office to help you refocus!
Crossover Arm Stretch
- Relax your shoulders.
- Hold your upper arm with the opposite hand.
- Pull your arm across your chest until you feel a stretch.
- Hold the stretch for 30 seconds.
- Return to the starting position.
- Repeat with the opposite arm.
Seated Spinal Rotation
- While seated, cross your arms over your chest.
- Grab your shoulders.
- Rotate your upper body from the waist, turning gently from left to right as far as you can. You should feel tension on both sides of your lower back as it stretches out.
Sitting Back Extensions
- Sit straight with your feet together.
- Put the palms of your hands into the small of your back.
- Lean back over your hands, feeling your lower back stretch out.
- Keep your head upright.
- Gently turn your head from side to side.
- As you turn your head, try to move it past your shoulder. You should feel the muscles on the outside of your neck gradually stretching.
- Gently lift your shoulders.
- Let them slowly fall. You should feel the tension being released as your shoulders drop.
As reported by Day Fit, “stretching is purely the act of extending or lengthening to the complete length or extent that our body is capable of, or, sometimes just a single body part. Stretching involves straightening or lengthening your complete structure, muscles, and limbs.”
Stretching is known to increase blood circulation, which is important when it comes to focusing at work. It also helps with stress, anxiety, digestion, headaches, and posture! Stretching is so effective is because it gives your muscles a chance to relax, relieving tension that you may have from work! Also, stretching