Ignore the strange looks from your colleagues, the health benefits of this routine far outweigh the side glances.

Although this short routine might not have the same benefits as an entire yoga class, it’s a sneaky (and realistic) way to get moving at your desk throughout the day. Taking 10-15 minutes to bend and stretch will help to minimise stiffness and tension, prevent aches and rejuvenate your mind for the afternoon ahead -which is way more than that 3pm vending machine snack has to offer! Ignore the strange looks from your colleagues, the health benefits of this routine far outweigh the side glances.

 

Neck Tension Buster

Reduce tension headaches and give you neck some love.

This one is simple, yet significant. Stay seated and simply roll your head down to your right shoulder, from there begin to move you left hand away from your side until you can feel a slight tug on the lateral side of the neck and possibly down the left arm. Close your eyes and just breath, a hold of 3 mins on each side will be more than enough. Don’t forget to repeat on the left side moving the right arm away from the chair.

Chest Opener

Great for combatting the poor posture and rounded shoulders.

Coming to a standing position interlace your fingers behind your back, from here pull your hands in the direction of your heels, finally bring your gaze up towards the ceiling and begin to take slow deep breaths to aid the opening of the chest. Hold for a minute, release and then hold for another minute.

Shoulder and Neck Release

Provides tension release and a boost of energy.

From a standing position bend your knees and fold forward draping your torso over your thighs. Allow your head to hang heavy (avoid holding it up at all) and feel that shoulder tension just melt with the option to your hold opposite elbows or to allow your fingertips to find the floor. A 3 minute hold should give you enough time to feel the difference, be sure to come back up to standing slowly.

Side extension

In a standing position take the right arm up into the air fingers pointing towards the ceiling, grab a hold of the right wrist with the left hand and begin to gently pull the right arm over towards the left. Let this lateral movement progress further down the torso (taking the body into a banana-like shape) and hold for a minute or so on each side. Switch sides.

 

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