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5 Energizing Moves for Work

Bust free from your usual seated posture at work and be the one to get the office grooving.

These moves are best done every 30 minutes of the working day but if you can only manage once an hour then set your alarm and get to it… you won’t be disappointed by the results.

 

1. Reverse the Slouch

Clasp your hands and reach forward then up to the sky. Inhale and stretch up further for a few breaths. Consider how your shoulders and neck feel and if you feel restriction that is uncomfortable, work within your comfort zone.

 

2. Stop the traffic

Reach your right arm forwards with the elbow straight and palm extended towards your screen then with your left hand gently pull the fingers on your right hand back to increase the stretch.  This will stretch the muscles on your forearm on the palm side… Oh yes!! Hold for 5 breaths then release and repeat on the left side.

 

3. Address your Tuck shop arms

Reach your right hand behind your right shoulder and pull the elbow backwards gently with your left hand. Feel the stretch at the back of your right arm between your shoulder and elbow. Hold this as you breath in and out for 3.  Then keep holding as you pull your arm and body to the left to side bend and stretch between your right shoulder and hip. Hold for 3 breaths then release.

Repeat on the other side.

 

4. Attack the “butt”

Cross your right ankle on your left knee and gently lean forwards first with your back straight and hold for 3 breaths then with your back curled into a C shape and hold for 3 breaths.

Repeat on the other side.

 

5. Open the hips

Stand up and turn sideways 90 degrees to the desk so your left hand can hold the desk for balance if required.  Bend with your right knee and pull it towards your buttocks with your right hand. Hold for 10 breaths at least. The aim here is to keep your spine in a neutral position and sometimes pulling your leg back will increase the spinal arch… so Pre Tuck your buttocks under by scooping your pubic bone forwards and hold this before and during the stretch.

Repeat on the other side.

 

If you have any difficulty with these basic moves, please give us a call and we can individually assess and advise what is best for you.

Go to it and enjoy.

Vanessa Kirby

Managing Director
Principal Physiotherapist

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