Work In An Office? Do These Stretches Now!

Casual businessman stretching in chair

Casual businessman stretching in chair

Sitting in front of a desk every day can wreak havoc on your body, especially since most of us don’t have the best posture. Hunching the shoulders and slumping in your seat can cause back pain, headaches, tension and tightness in your back, neck and shoulders.

To combat these aches and pains you can perform a few simple stretches throughout the day that will help increase flexibility and reduce tension and stress.

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The following 9 stretches target the muscles of the back, neck and shoulders as well as the hips and glutes.

1. Chest Stretch

Stretching the chest may be one of the best exercises you can do for your body, since most of us spend much of our time hunched forward. This example shows a chest stretch using a resistance band. You can find resistance bands at most sporting goods and department stores and they’re great to keep in your desk for quick stretching or strengthening moves. There are alternatives below if you don’t have a band.

Do it right: In a seated or standing position, hold the band in a wide grip over the head. Take the arms back just a bit as you lower them down, stretching the chest. Hold for 10-30 seconds. Avoid this move if you have shoulder problems.