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5 Simple Stretches Using Your Desk Chair

 

Whether you are working from home or sitting in an office, sitting down for long periods of time can be detrimental to your health. We often think of sitting causing pain in the joints; however, it can cause many long-term serious issues as well. According to Harvard Health “Habitual inactivity raises risks for obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, deep-vein thrombosis, and metabolic syndrome.”

Although sitting can cause a variety of issues, stretching can help to heal and prevent these issues. Even though taking 5-10 minutes out of your workday to stretch may seem unproductive, it can help increase productivity by relieving stress and increasing energy levels. 

 

Physical Benefits of Stretching

Stretching offers many physical benefits to your body. According to experts at Healthline, stretching daily can increase blood flow to your muscles, improve posture, expand range of motion, prepare your muscles for exercise, and relieve back pain. In fact, stretching your back often can increase strength and and reduce risk for future strains.

 

Mental Benefits of Stretching

In addition to the physical benefits, stretching can also relieve stress at work! According to experts at Marque Medical, stretching certain muscles can relieve tension. When this tension is relieved, it calms your mind and reduces stress. When stretching, focus on the specific areas that you feel tension in order to help manage stress. 

 

Trunk Rotation Stretch

 

Chest Opener Stretch

 

Upper Body Stretch 

 

Hamstring Stretch 

 

Neck Stretch

 

At MPOWER, we have a team of amazing physical therapists working in a state-of-the-art facility. If you want to incorporate more stretches or physical therapy excercises into your routine click here to book an appointment and to learn more about Physical Therapy!

 

 

Author
Marina von Rutenberg

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