Regardless of whether you’re a freelance writer or a receptionist, chances are you have to sit down a lot for your job. While standing desks are an option for some, not everyone can take advantage of that excellent tool. I belong in that category when I’m writing, and after I sit for long periods of time, my posture and energy level plummet. So, how can you best take care of yourself when you’re stuck sitting for an entire day? Check out some of these stretches and exercises that wake up the blood after a few hours in your cubicle.
1. Spine Stretch
Before you picture trying to lie down underneath your desk, hold on. This stretch does wonders for your spine alignment and is a good break from staring at your computer screen.
- Take your fingers off the keyboard, and place them on your knees. Straighten your back as much as possible.
- Raise your hands high above your head, straightening your arms and lengthening your spine. Sit tall.
- Keep your arms straight, and begin to lower them until they are perpendicular with your shoulders.
- Hold them here as you feel your shoulders drop some of their tension. Repeat Steps 2-4 as many times as you need.
Note: Try your best not to tense up too much when your hands are in the air. Keep breathing, and let the energy flow through your fingertips.