Amidst the current virus situation, many companies have sent their employees home to work and it happens that you are one of them. Even at home, you are most likely to be stuck at your desk from dusk to dawn, trying to meet deadlines and attending countless conference calls. However, it doesn’t mean you should permanently be glued to your seats and having to nurse a stiffed neck or an aching lower back at the end of your day.
So, enough of sitting! Take breaks in between, get up or at least get moving! But if you reaalllyyy have no time to get up and stretch in between your conference calls, try deskercise (subtly, of course)! It is a mini stretching session and with that, you can continue to stay fit while being productive. Just remember these 10 steps, and you’re good to go!
1) Roll it around
Drop your chin and roll your neck. Afterwards, raise your chin and bend your neck to each side. Continue this neck rotations for 3 times
2) “I don’t know”
Time to relieve some tensions in your neck. Raise your shoulders towards your ear, hold for 10 seconds and then relax. Repeat these 5 times.
3) Stretch your wrist
Stretch your arm out in front of you with the palm facing outwards. With your other, grab your fingers and lightly pull them to stretch your forearm. Rotate it inwards and alternate your arms.
4) Time to flap your wings
Stretch both of your arms forward and back, as far as you can. Repeat it 3 times.
5) Reach out for the sky
Sit on the edge of your chair and stretch your arms out. While keeping your back straight, contract your abdominal and feel the stretch. Relax and repeat.
6) Twist your body
Sit up straight in your chair and place your right arm behind your right hip. Twist to the right and hold. Alternative sides
7) Hover your legs
Sit upright in your chair and raise both legs so that they are parallel to the floor. Slowly lower your legs until they hover an inch or two about the ground. Hold that position for as long as you can and then release.
8) Ankle rotations
Rotate your ankles in both directions for 5 seconds. Repeat for 5 times in each direction
9) Leg extensions
Point your toe and extend your leg out straight. Lifting your leg and hold it for 10 seconds. Switch legs and repeat. This will stretch your calves and hamstrings.
10) Run at your seat
Tap your toes in an alternating pattern, as if you were running. Not much, but it can actually burn off a few extra calories
Hoping this short deskercise will be a good stretch for you and you can focus better amidst this busy period working from home. Try it out and share your experiences with us!