When you’re sitting at your desk at work, a lot of times you’ll be caught in a slouched forward position, staring at your screen and you end up getting stuck with your muscles all day long. These muscles are already starved of oxygen because you’re just sitting for long periods of time and these muscles may turn into glucose instead of energy, causing your body to become discomfort and exhausted.
This is a big deal for a lot of people who work in offices. If you sit all day, you need to do these exercises to increase your energy as well as avoid the potential health risks that are associated with sitting too long at work.
Do Retraction Exercises
Because our posture winds up being huddled forward, we get really tight up at the back of our head and this is a major headache center. Doing some retraction exercises is one of the effective ways to avoid this.
Move your head backward and you should feel a pretty intense stretch at the base of your skull. That feels good especially if you’ve been sitting all day. You can do this as many times as you like.
Another good retraction exercise is squeezing your shoulder. Stand up at your desk and put your hands on your hips and just squeeze your shoulder blades together.
Stretching increases blood flow and prevent back pain. To do this effectively, you can put one hand under the side of your chair to anchor your shoulder and then take your opposite hand and put it on the side of your head and gently lean in the opposite direction and pull downward. Then go to the other side and do the same step.
Another great stretching exercise is by putting your hand in the middle of your back like you’re reaching something. Stand up nice and tall, and then look in the opposite direction and then look down, keeping your body straight. Hold it for 15 to 20 seconds, then look up and come back. Do the same on the opposite side.