Stretching—in general—boosts energy, releases tension and improves circulation. Stretching during the workday is not only an ideal way to relieve muscle tension, but can also relax your mind.
Try these quick and easy stretches to rejuvenate yourself, and get back in the game!
Back extension and shoulder blade pinch:
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and gently lean backward to the point of mild tension with your arms also reaching back and squeezed towards each other. Tighten shoulder blades, lower back muscles and hold. Repeat three times.
Interlace your fingers with your palms pointing towards the sky. Straighten your elbows and reach as far up as possible with both hands and hold for 20 seconds.
Forearm and wrist stretches:
Extend one arm without bending the elbow. Bend your wrist upward, and use your other hand to gently pull your fingers back toward you and hold for 15-20 seconds. Release and bend the same wrist downward, gently pulling it down and toward you with the other hand. Hold for 15-20 seconds and repeat both stretches with your other arm.
Grab the seat of your chair to brace yourself and extend your legs straight out in front of you parallel to the floor. Flex and point your toes five times then release. Repeat three times.
Stand with your feet crossed and slowly bend forward at the hips and waist to the point of mild tension. Feel the stretch along the back of your rear leg. Hold for 15 seconds and repeat for the other leg.