Spending most of your workday sitting at a desk has a greater influence on your overall health than you might think. Increased risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and blood sugar and abnormal cholesterol levels are just some of the conditions that are exacerbated by sitting at a desk for most of the day. Standing desks can help to lessen the time spent sitting, but these aren’t a feasible option in all office environments.
Experts advise that you spend at least 15 minutes of every hour spent at your desk standing up, but doing a few simple stretches at your desk throughout the day can be helpful and can improve circulation and increase overall flexibility. Here’s how.
1. From the top
Sit up straight and drop your right ear towards your right shoulder. Hold the stretch, move over to your right ear and shoulder, and repeat. Then, turn your head to the left and look over your shoulder. Hold it there for a few seconds. Turn your head to the right, look over your shoulder, and hold.
2. Shrug it off
Raise your shoulders up to your ears, hold for a few seconds, and release. Repeat a few times.
3. Open up
Bring your hands to the behind your back and press your palms together while sitting up straight. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds and release.
4. Hug yourself
Bend your right leg and lift it to bring it towards your chest. Bring your knee as close to your chest as you can and hold for 5 to 10 seconds. Release and repeat with your left knee.
5. Reach for the stars
Extend your right arm over your head and stretch as far as you can to the left. Hold the stretch for a few seconds and release. Repeat with your left arm.