Stretching is a healthy way to keep muscles from tensing, especially when sitting in an office all day. Stretching can improve blood circulation, prevent cramping, and generally get the body moving. There are a number of stretches that can be done easily and without harm, giving you a chance to work different muscle groups throughout the day.
Shoulder Stretch: Place one hand under the elbow, and lift the elbow, stretching it across the chest. Don’t rotate your body; just stretch your arm/elbow. Hold this pose for 15-20 seconds. You will feel tension in the back of your shoulder. This is fine. Return to your starting position and repeat the stretch with the other arm.
Upper arm stretch: Life one arm and bend it behind your head, while moving to place your other hand on the bent elbow. This works to stretch both your upper arm and shoulder. Hold this pose for 15-20 seconds, then return back to the starting position. Repeat with your other arm.
Chest stretch: Places your hands behind your head and squeeze your shoulder blades together. This will bring your elbows back. Hold for 15-20 seconds, return to original position, and repeat.
Head turn: Face straight ahead, and then turn your head to one side. Hold for 15-20 seconds, return to starting position, and repeat by turning your head the other side.
Lower back stretch: Sit forward in your chair and bring one of your knees up towards your chest. Keep your back straight and do not lean forward. You may use your hands to grab the back of your thigh and pull it towards your chest if you need to. Hold the stretch for 15-20 seconds, then return to the starting position, and repeat with the other leg.
Standing stretch: Stand up straight. Grab one of your ankles, or a pant leg, and bring it up towards your buttocks. Hold the stretch for 15-30 seconds, return to the starting position, and repeat with the other leg.
Remember, you should take your personal health seriously, don’t neglect your body in your youth, don’t waste away at a desk, keep limber. Until next time, keep fit and have fun!