Do long days sitting in your office chair have your body feeling tight? It’s easy to hold on to unnecessary stiffness and soreness in your neck, shoulders, wrist, back, and hips- so we have put together 4 of our favorite moves that can be done anywhere to banish stress! If left unattended, tension can build-up and worsen over time, so it is important to move your body whenever you have the chance.
1. Seated Crescent Side Stretch
Elongate the spine and clear your mind, Seated Crescent Side Stretch can be done any time of the day to help reverse the side effects of long work days.
Plant your feet on the floor, arms up overhead, clasp your hands together. Release your index fingers and twist up and over to the right or left. When twisting, squeeze your shoulder blades down your back and biceps tight to your ears. Neck long and abs in, hold this position for 10 seconds to maximize your zen.
2. Finger, Forearm Stretch
After hours of typing, find relief with this simple wrist stretch. Extend your arms straight out in front of you, clasp one hand on to the other and pull straight back towards your chest for instant relief.
3. Standing Pigeon
Sitting at your desk can cause your hips to naturally tighten and become sore. Throughout the day it is important to stand up when you can, and when you have the time, take a full standing pigeon stretch on your desk!
Pigeon pose in yoga is extremely beneficial for reducing stress since people carry emotional tension in their hips- taking a few moments to open up the body can do a world of good for your mental and physical health.
4. Desk Chaturanga
Tone the back of your arms & abs with desk chaturanga. Keep your elbows hugging into your waistline and neck in line with your spine to improve body alignment. Add more intensity by pulsing your body close to your desk.
These tips are provided by Truecore, a yoga and fitness center in Temple, Texas.