Did you know the average american spends nearly 9 hours a day at work? We all know how sitting at your desk for long hours can put a strain on your body. After sitting at your desk your neck, arms, shoulders, writs etc can be affected. Work can be stressful enough without worrying about these aches and pains! The good news is there are some daily stretches or Ergonomic exercises that can help alleviate this pain and even prevent long term issues such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, and many others.
Here are a few examples of some ergonomic exercises from Ergonomic Trends. You can find more of their stretches/exercises here.
- Begin by sitting at the edge of your chair with your feet placed firmly on the ground
- Extend your arms out to either side of your torso
- Drop your head slowly to the right, trying to touch your right ear to your right shoulder
- Hold the stretch for 5 seconds
- Return to the starting position, then repeat on the other side
- Drop your head down so that your chin touches your chest
- Gently rock your head to the light and roll to the right; this should take about 5 seconds
- Return to the starting position
Low Back Stretch
- Begin by standing up and facing forward
- Reach towards the ceiling until you feel a light stretch along your sides
- Hold the stretch for 10 seconds
- Reach higher until you feel an intense stretch along your sides
- Hold the stretch for 10 seconds, then relax
Wrist Tilt Exercise
- Begin with arm fully extended and palm facing downwards
- Gently tilt wrist to the right
- Hold for three to five seconds
- Move wrist to the left and hold for another three to five seconds
Make sure to comment below and let us know which stretch was your favorite!