Did you know that stretching for 1 minute a day for a month can improve range of motion and flexibility by 70%?
With sitting disease becoming a real issue in recent times, flexibility and range of motion is compromised when we sit for long periods of time. Inadequate flexibility leads to stiffness, poor posture, back pain and leads to an increased risk of developing an injury.
So why stretch?
As mentioned earlier, stretching improves flexibility and range of motion, allowing your muscles and joints to be healthy and preventing muscle or joint injury. Sitting has the opposite effect, and for some people it can make them feel stiff and sore after a long day at work. Sitting for long periods of time, especially at a desk can be detrimental for your body especially as our bodies aren't designed to sit in one position all day! Sitting can pull your pelvis backwards, leading to poor posture and the potential for back pain! Sitting for long periods of time can also cause tight hamstrings, which also can contribute to back pain.
How do I get moving?
The key is to set some time, even 5 minutes to stretch daily or every second day. A regular stretching routine is important in terms of maintaining and improving flexibility. Stretching not only helps improve muscle and joint health, but also improves circulation and may reduce muscle pain. Focus on major muscle groups such as hamstrings, quadriceps and gluteus muscles and hold for 10-30 seconds.
Other things you can do at work are some exercises that you can do while you work. Exercises such as thoracic rotation, knee lifts, shoulder rolls and neck stretches can all be done at your desk. Also, get moving! Being active as well is just as important as stretching. Instead of emailing a colleague, get up and walk to their desk and talk to them. Ensuring you take some time out each hour to get moving will also help productivity as well, with those who take regular exercise breaks improve circulation and oxygen production in the brain, improving concentration.
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