It’s hard to stay fit and healthy while sitting in front of a desk, looking at the computer monitor and typing all day. By the time you get home your hands are cramped, your neck is stiff and your back is too sore to go to the gym. But those are just minor impacts of sitting at a desk for too long. The greater impacts are that it can increase your risk for diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, arthritis, obesity and chronic back pains. So here are the best office exercises that you should do every day while at work to keep you healthy.
Unfortunately, many people don’t know that stretching is a form of exercise that improves the muscle’s elasticity and muscle tone. So while at work, you should stretch your body with these office exercises. Be careful and don’t overstretch. These exercises are meant to feel good and loosen up.
1) Lats and Arm Stretch (10-20 seconds. 2 times)
Stretch out your lats (Latissimi Dorsi), which will improve the rotation of your shoulder blade and arms. This exercise will also relieve tension on your shoulders, arms and waist.
2) Arm and Shoulder Stretch (10-20 seconds. 2 times)
With your fingers woven together, place them away from your body facing out. While straightening your arms in front hold the position.
4) Side Neck Stretch (10-12 seconds. 2 times each side)
Looking down at your computer and paperwork will put a strain on your neck. Slowly place ear towards shoulder (doesn’t have to touch), while looking forward.
5) Back and Chest Stretch (10-15 seconds. 2 times)
Research shows that back problem mostly occurs while sitting for long periods. Place your hands on your lower back and raise your chest towards the sky.