With many of us working from home for several weeks and not knowing when we will return to our workplaces it is really important to keep active even whilst you’re sat at your desk/table.
Stretching whilst working has many benefits:
- Reduces Fatigue. Stretching at work can reduce fatigue by increasing blood supply and nutrients to your muscles.
- Can Prevent Muscle Strain Injuries. Stretching is waking up your muscles to let them know that they will be performing a job and reduces the chance of ceasing up. Stretching warms up the muscles by working them gently – just like an athlete. Athletes always stretch out before practices and games to warm up their muscles. Why do they do that? So they perform better.
- Improves Posture. Stretching can improve posture by allowing muscle tissues to realign, thus reducing effort to achieve and maintain good posture. Often these muscles have adapted poorly to effects of gravity and poor postural habits.
- Increases Muscle Coordination and Balance. Stretching also helps opposing muscle groups work in a more coordinated fashion.
We have therefore prepared some simple stretches that you can perform whilst working or during your short breaks. See below. Click on the image if you would like to zoom in.