Having a good stretch once or twice a day feels good and can help prevent injuries (flexible muscles can do more), improve your posture (and as a result help with back pain), increase blood and nutrients to your muscles, and help you to feel less stressed.

Here’s what I do:
spine-stretch cartoon
Spinal Stretch – lie on your back, bring your knee to your chest and then across your body.
So your right knee will go over to the left side of your body. Hold this for at least 30 seconds. Then stretch the other side.
Seated-bend cartoon
Forward bend – Sit with your legs straight out in front of you stretch your arms up to the sky and then bend forward as far as you can. It’s ok to cheat and use a towel or a pillow case to increase your stretch. 😉

spinal twist
Spinal Twist- still sitting with your legs in front of you,  bend one knee to your chest then twist your body and hug your bent leg.
Other quick stretches (you can do these at your desk)

Clasp your hands behind you and pull back to stretch your chest. desk-stretches1

5-stretch-arms-shoulders-lgnHold your arm in front of your body and stretch it into your chest

Stretch your neck from side to side or do neck rolls

I bet you are feeling better already!neck stretch

Also check out You Tube for some quick stretching routines:

5 office stretches

5 minute yoga

Advertisements