Simple stretching exercises important for desk workers
Sitting at a desk all day can be rather uncomfortable. It’s also not good for the body. Light exercising, including stretching exercises, should be a part of your everyday routine.
Even a short walk around the house or to the water cooler can make a big difference, says Dan Oberneder, a physical therapist with SPORT Clinic Physical Therapy in Bayside, Wis. Proper breathing is important as well, as deep breaths exercise the diaphragm and help you relax.
Oberneder says there are a number of simple stretching exercises you can do at home or at work, including:
General stretching – Oberneder suggests 30 to 45 seconds of light full-body stretching throughout the day. Avoid bouncing or jerky motions, as those cause muscles to tighten up. You can stretch standing up, or if possible, do back stretches while lying on the floor.