Let’s face it, there’s nothing worse than a stiff neck or a piercing backache when you have a deadline to meet. It’s unpleasant, and quite literally, a major pain to deal with. Perhaps this is the reason that host Jai Sugrim of Yoga Sutra Now always recommends yoga to alleviate stress. He often demonstrates asanas to stay limber, and iron out those knots and kinks if you have a desk job, in the episodes of Yoga Sutra Now.
But, if yoga is not your style, here are some regular stretches you could try out, right at your desk—perhaps during lunch hour?
Stretch 1: Sit straight in your chair and stretch your arms to the ceiling with your fingers interlocked, and hold the position for 10 seconds. This stretch increases blood flow and eases the muscle tension in your arms and shoulders, while also relaxing your fingers.
Stretch 2: Stretch your leg muscles while sitting in your chair. Lift one leg, keeping it parallel to the ground and hold for two seconds; extend higher, engaging your thighs and calves for another two seconds. Do 15 reps of each leg to regulate the blood circulation.
Stretch 3: Ease up the lower back pain and hamstring tension by pushing your chair back to place one leg up, with your heel on the table. Bend your torso forward till you feel a gentle pull at the back of your leg and in your lower back. Hold for 10 seconds and then repeat with the other leg.
With these stretches in mind, instead of getting worked up, just workout that muscle stress and be a happy camper, even at the office.
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