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Desk Stretches to Relieve Tension and Keep You Healthy

Most of us sit at a desk all day long and don't move an inch. This can lead to a lot of tension in our neck, shoulders, and back. Not only is this uncomfortable, but it can also be bad for our health. In this blog post, we will discuss some desk stretches that you can do to relieve tension and keep yourself healthy!

Neck Stretch
Another great stretch is the neck release. Sit up tall and slowly drop your right ear towards your right shoulder. You should feel a stretch in the left side of your neck. Hold for a few deep breaths and then repeat on the other side. To deepen this stretch, you can place your right hand on your head and gently pull it down towards your right shoulder. Once you've stretched both sides, bring your chin to your chest and give yourself a neck massage.

Chair Twist
Sit up tall in your chair. Twist your torso to the right and place your left hand on your right knee. Open your right shoulder, pointing it behind you, and use your left hand to hold your right knee. Bring your right hand down toward the seat of the chair, and hold the edge. Hold for a few deep breaths and then repeat on the other side. This stretch will help to open up your chest and relieve tension in your back.

Shoulder Stretch
This stretch is simple but effective. Sit up tall and reach your right arm across your body. Use your left hand to grab onto your right elbow and pull it towards your left shoulder. You should feel a stretch in the right side of your neck and shoulders. Hold for a few deep breaths and then repeat on the other side.

Shoulder Rolls
To finish, we will do some shoulder rolls. Sit up tall and roll your shoulders back and down. Then, reverse the motion and roll your shoulders forward. Repeat this a few times to loosen up your shoulders.

Side Bend with Arms Overhead
Another great stretch is the side bend. Sit up tall and reach your arms overhead. Interlace your fingers and then bend to the right, reaching your arms towards the floor. You should feel a stretch in the left side of your body. Hold for a few deep breaths and then repeat on the other side.

Seated Figure Four
This stretch is great for relieving tension in the hips and lower back. Sit up tall and cross your right ankle over your left knee. Then, hinging at the hips, bring your chest down towards your legs. You should feel a stretch in the left side of your hips and lower back.

Ankle and Wrist Rolls
From seated, sit up tall and reach your arms and legs out straight out in front of you. Roll your angles and wrists in a circular motion, and then reverse the direction.

Seated Bear Hug
From seated, bring your right knee to your chest. Wrap your arms around your leg and gently hug. You should feel this stretch in your right leg.

Seated Back Bend
To finish, we will do a seated back bend. Sit up tall and put your hands on your waist. Then, arch your back, send your chest upwards, and look up towards the ceiling. Hold for a few deep breaths and then release.

We hope you found these stretches helpful! Remember to take a break from sitting every 20-30 minutes to move your body and relieve tension. These stretches can be done throughout the day to keep you feeling comfortable and healthy. Thanks for reading!

Do you have any favorite stretches that you do at your desk? Share them with us in the comments below!

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