Last week we went over a few desk exercises that can be done in intervals throughout the work day. Whether you’re at your home office or in an office building (and as long as you have a stationary chair), those exercises can be performed in bits in pieces. More movement can help our bodies get the exercise they need to stay healthy throughout the day.
The less-conspicuous route
Are you working in an open office space? Maybe you prefer the sneakier way of getting extra movement during work hours. No worries – in addition to the activity you might already be getting (stairs vs. elevator, choosing to walk to a bathroom that’s further away, etc), the following stretches can be done in semi-secret:
1. Seated twist: Sitting up tall and lengthening the spine, carefully rotate, placing hands on the armrest and/or back of the chair. Keep hips and knees forward, engaging the abdominals as you twist. Think about lifting and opening the chest as you stretch.
2. Seated figure-four glute stretch: one of my favorites. Cross one ankle over the opposite knee. Lift the chest and lengthen the spine before hinging at the hips, maintaining a flat back as you stretch.
3. Seated hamstring stretch: classic, but goodie. Keeping one leg bent and the weight on that bent leg, extend the opposite leg out in front (heel on the floor, foot flexed). As per usual, lengthen the spine before bending over, maintaining a flat back. I like to keep the straight knee un-locked.
Will you stretch at your desk?
Similar to the post about desk exercises, the object of this post is not to share the craziest, most complicated stretches. I mean, if you work in an office around other people, chances are you might not want to be doing Cirque du Soleil movements. Sometimes, it’s the little and subtle things in life. Like these stretches.
- Do you stretch at your work station?
- What’s your favorite stretch?
- Are you having a good week so far?