5 Desk Stretches to Loosen Up

5 Great Desk Stretches | The Bombshell Files

Never underestimate the power of the stretch.  Especially the desk stretch.

I love stretching in the mornings, before going to sleep, and before and after a workout.  But the most important stretch of the day, for me, is the desk stretch.  If you work at a desk for the majority of the day, you have to incorporate these stretches.

Whenever I actually pay attention to my posture at the computer,  I’m almost always hunched over like an old lady.  I will straighten up when I notice it, but it’s usually going unnoticed for, who knows how long?  Hours??  No bueno.

Queue the stretching.

I will try to do these 5 stretches at least 1-2 times per work day.  I found these stretches below on Lauren Conrad’s blog and have been doing them for the past 6 months, and always feel better afterwards.

High Altar Pose

Take a deep inhale and raise your arms above your head. Clasp your hands together with your palms facing upward. Lean to your left for a deep stretch for about 30 seconds and then repeat on your right side.

Side Twist

While placing your left hand on the back of your chair, twist your body to the left making sure to sit up straight. This exercise can help alleviate some of that awful back tension.

Hip Flexor Stretch

Having tight hip flexors not only affects your legs, but your back as well. Try stretching them by sitting at the edge of your chair while positioning your torso to the left. Take your right leg and extend it backwards, making sure to keep your knee straight. Sit up straight, lift your sternum, and tuck your tailbone under for optimum stretching. <<<Hip flexor stretches are my favorite.  Think of how much sitting you do everyday, including your drive to and from work.  I stretch my hip flexors every chance I get!

Chest Opener

This exercise can be done in a couple different ways. The easier of the two is to clasp your hands behind your back and pull backwards. Another way you can perform this stretch is to bring your right arm over your shoulder while bringing your left arm behind you back. Clasp your arms together if you can. Be sure to inhale and exhale deeply for an even deeper stretch (you’ll be able to feel the difference!).

Ankle To Knee

Another great way to stretch both your back and hip flexors is to place your right foot on your left knee, making sure to keep your knee at a 90 degree angle. Lean forward for about 30 seconds and then switch sides.

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After I do a round of these stretches, I feel noticeably better.  I definitely feel more limber and get a little burst of energy.  I also like to grab a quick, 10 minute walk, around my office building at 2 o’clock.  That’s my crash time, so I like to get my body moving around then.

I would really love to bring my rebounder into the office, but think I might look a little ridic bouncing around in my office  :)  I’d also like to try one of those exercise balls as a chair instead of my regular old rolling chair.  Gotta keep working that core!

What do you do for your health and wellness in the office?  Any other stretch tips or ideas to feel better at work?

♦ Stephanie

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2 Responses

  1. Krista Williams February 16, 2016 / 12:14 pm

    Love this one, because stretching is SO KEY. I need to just keep this up at my desk all day, ha. It’s been such a lifesaver for keeping me sane when I can stand, do a side stretch do a front stretch and just basically move my body!
    Love it, girl! Thank you so much for this one!

  2. Stephanie February 18, 2016 / 7:18 pm

    I live for stretching! I always look forward to my desk stretches and kind of use it as a mini meditation throughout the day. So glad you liked it!

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