Last month, we caught up with Jennifer Lumsden, Owner/Certified Personal Trainer at Robust Health about how to stay healthy at work. We also had the opportunity to chat with Jen a bit about stretching, so if you’re wondering what kind of stretches you can do for those office related aches and pains, give these easy stretches that you can do at work a try!
Make sure your back is straight, feet planted on the floor, shoulder width apart and shoulders are back. Gently tilt your head to one side, until you feel your neck stretch slightly. Do not pull! Your neck should not strain!
If you want a bit more of a stretch, try sitting on your hand, palm on the back of your leg, and tilt your head in the opposite direction.
Repeat on the other side.
Sit up straight, with your shoulders relaxed and cross your leg over one knee, resting your ankle above your knee.
Pull your toes towards your knee on your crossed leg – this will protect your knee.
Gently lean forward, maintaining your posture until you feel a stretch. Do not strain!
Lean back, uncross your leg, and repeat on the other side.
Standing Hip / Back / Leg Stretch
Stand up straight beside your desk, hold the top of your desk for balance.
Extend your right knee in front of you. Your knee should not go past your foot!
Keeping your back straight, move your left leg behind you, gently contract your left glute (butt cheek) by pressing it slightly forward while contracting your abs at the same time.
For an added stretch, drop your left knee to the ground (this may not be possible depending where you work, or depending on your attire for that day).
Repeat on the opposite side.
What is your favourite desk stretch or exercise? If you try these stretches, let us know what you think!