Form Focus: Simple Desk Stretches to save your body!

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Sitting at a desk all day is reality for many people – but it’s not what our bodies were designed for. As a result we can often deal with tight muscles & discomfort. To help yourself & your body manage I have a simple routine for you to incorporate into your daily work-life!

Moving as much as possible during your work day is going to be beneficial. I have many clients who’ve had success by using an activity tracker that reminds them to get their steps. But if you don’t have one even setting a simple timer for every 20 minutes can help. Each 20 minutes incorporate 1 stretch, movement or get up from your desk and run a work related errand. Pick up jobs at the copier or walk to speak to a colleague. The bottom line? Just don’t sit for 8 hours each day. Your body & your mind will thank you!

Here are the simple stretches I like to do at my desk when I have computer work:
1. Seated Glute stretch
2. Seated Hamstring Stretch
3. Chest Opening
4. Upper Back Stretch
5. Neck stretches
6. Jaw stretches

Hold your stretches for a minimum of 15s, but ideally 20-30+s to gain flexibility. Want some other idea? Shoulder rolls & neck rolls (forward only) can also be great to throw in during those 20-minute reminders.

Most important? Make it a simple habit you’re likely to stick with. Engage your work colleagues and make a game out of it. Remind each other to move more. Go for walking meetings. Stand up and move a little when you’re on the phone. Get creative & have fun!

And make sure your workstation is set up with ergonomics (body mechanics) in mind. If you’re not sure here is a great resource:

https://www.worksafebc.com/en/resources/health-safety/books-guides/how-to-make-your-computer-workstation-fit-you?lang=en

Questions? gillian@superyou.ca

More about Gillian:
Gillian is a Personal Trainer and Fitness instructor based in Nanaimo, BC. She holds a BSc in Kinesiology and is a Trainer of Fitness Leaders for the BCRPA. She is a passionate advocate of fitness & health who believes in creating a healthy lifestyle you love!

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