Simple and quick stretches
Sitting for prolonged periods of time tends to be straining on various parts of your body. The Washington Post states that sitting for too long at work or home can lead to organ damage, muscle degeneration, and leg disorders. Prolonged sitting has been linked to high blood pressure and high cholesterol. People that are spending most of their time sitting throughout the day are twice more likely to have cardiovascular disease than those moving. There are plenty of ways to help you stay active at work and below are a few ideas to get you started.
Stretches and Exercises
- Neck stretches
- Stretching your neck aims to increase the strength, tone, and flexibility of your neck muscles. It allows the ligaments to become more flexible and withstand increased stress to that area.
- Upper body stretch
- Body stretching will keep your muscles in good, working conditions. Stretching regularly and correctly enhances the flexibility of muscles and also prepares them to withstand any strains.
- Hamstring stretch
- Hamstring stretches are beneficial for reduced back pain, decreased sciatica (if applicable), and reduced risk of injury.
- Taking short walking breaks will help increase blood flow throughout your body and boost your energy. Frequent movements at work can increase your efficiency.
Studies have confirmed that sedentary jobs increase the chances of health-related problems. Knowing the negative results of sitting for too long is just as important as knowing the benefits of being physically active. If these activities do not work for you or you find yourself needing professional physical therapy due to a workplace injury, Nova Medical Centers offers that service.