Stay Active at Your Desk with These 9 Workplace-Friendly Stretches

We won’t ask you to bring your dumbells to the office.

Tired of feeling sore at the end of a long day at your desk? It’s time to take control of your health and well-being by adding some desk exercises to your routine. These stretches can be done right at your desk and will help keep you active and energized throughout the day.

Bicep Stretch

Clasp your hands behind your back and lift your arms up towards the ceiling. Hold for a few seconds, then slowly release. Take a big, slow breath, then move on to the next one.

Leg Extensions

Extend one leg out in front of you. Lift it up a few inches off the ground, hold for a few seconds, and then lower it back down. Repeat this with the other leg.

Forward Bend

Sit up straight with your feet flat on the ground. Reach forward, trying to touch your toes. Hold this stretch for a few seconds, then release. Go again if you want to. 

Neck Stretches

Gently tilt your head to the right, then to the left. Tilt your head forward and then backwards. You can also try gently turning your head from side to side.

Seated Bicycle

Place your hands behind your head. Lift one knee towards your chest while bringing the opposite elbow towards it. Alternate sides and continue this motion for a few minutes.

Chair Twists

Twist your upper body to the right, then to the left. You can use your chair armrests for support if needed. Hold each for a few seconds so you can really work those muscles. 

Shoulder Rolls

Lift your shoulders up towards your ears. Hold and then release, letting your shoulders drop down. Repeat this a few times. But remember it’s a stretch, not a workout.

Glute Stretches

Sit up straight and place one ankle on the opposite knee. Gently press down on your raised knee to stretch your glute muscles. Do the exact same with the other leg.

Shoulder Stretch

Reach one arm across your chest and hold it with the opposite hand. Gently pull your arm towards your chest to stretch your shoulder. Repeat with the other arm.

If you have any concerns about your physical health or if you experience any pain or discomfort while doing these exercises, it is important to stop and seek medical advice. Always listen to your body. Don’t push yourself too hard if you’re feeling uncomfortable. 

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