If you have ever felt the need to exercise and put the blood in motion while at work, the answer is office stretching. Urgent matters can pile up and keep you in the same chair for hours upon hours. Office stretching is a great way to unwind, clear your mind and energize yourself.
Stretching is a system of exercises that stretch gradually every muscle form your body. Stretching is a way of extending your muscles using a natural motion. You can use stretching to increase your flexibility preventing that way possible body harm. Thru stretching you also increase your body endurance and the efficiency of the following physical exercises.
There are two types of stretching: dynamic and static. The static stretching is much more beneficial and less dangerous than dynamic stretching. Static stretching uses up less energy, having an important role in preventing workout accidents and relaxes the muscles after an intense workout.
The stretching movements must be executed slowly , without hyperextensions or pains. If you feel any pain, especially to the neck or back, you are doing the stretching the wrong way and you should stop form executing it. If you continue executing the stretching moves badly you will harm you body. SO be careful.
When it comes to office stretching it focuses especially on stretching your back and neck. In the back and neck are is where the most of the tension gets accumulated while sitting all day long at the desk.
Stretching your back muscles
If you stay at a desk all day long, especially if you work at the computer, your posture will suffer modifications without you noticing it. That way you get form a right posture, with your back straight, you end up with a bent back posture. The bent back posture is a bad one to maintain for long periods of time. Your spine is under pressure all the time. Your spine gets relaxed only when you keep your back straight. All you have to do is pull your shoulders back and maintain that position for as long as possible.
You can also do a stretching exercise for the lower back. You stretch your lower back by extending your arms in front of you with the palms together and your chin touching your chest. Then you bend your back and hold that position for 15-20 seconds. Then you go back to your normal posture, with your shoulders pulled back. You do this stretching exercise sitting in your chair.
Stretching your neck muscles
Have you noticed that each time you work at your computer your neck muscles get tense and you can feel a little pain? You can rotate your neck to fix the problem but you can blend rotating the heat with stretching moves to fix the problem. You can stretch your neck while sitting down. Put your head on your left shoulder and let it lie there for a couple of seconds. Then do the same move by putting your head on the right shoulder. You can also bend your neck forward and backward and hold that position for a couple of seconds. Then you can rotate your head slowly and at the end you will realize you are much more relaxed and that the neck tension is gone.
You should do these stretching exercises once ever hour. That way your productivity will increase and you will feel much better while working hard at your desk. Not bad for just a couple of minutes of stretching.
Find out more about stretching by reading Stretching for mobility and flexibility.
May 21, 2009
Exercise & Fitness