There are several reasons you need to occasionally exercise or stretch your muscles at work. The main reason is because when you sit for long hours, typing and hunching over a computer, you run the risk of getting repetitive stress injuries. Secondly, muscles can get stiff during the day and start aching. And the best way to alleviate both potential problems is to perform some periodic exercises at your desk. Exercise different areas of your body so you get the blood flowing all over. That said, following are some great movements you can do without leaving your desk.
Head Twist and Rotation
While seated on your chair, slowly turn your head to the left as far as you can and hold that position for five seconds. Turn your head to the right in the same manner and hold it there for five seconds. Repeat the movement five times on each side, then relax.
Shoulder Blade Squeeze
Sit in an armless chair with your hands resting on your upper thighs. Slowly move both arms back and squeeze your shoulder blades together. Hold that position for five seconds, then repeat it two to four more times. Perform this exercise a couple times per day for stiff traps and upper back muscles, according to Mayo Clinic.
The Twinkle Toe
Warm your toes and ankles up by tapping them in rapid fashion under your desk while seated, according to Greatest.com.
The Mover and Shaker
When you have a little privacy with no prying eyes, try a little seat dancing. This exercise comes natural to babies when they long for movement. Move your arms and legs while your sitting to get the blood flowing. One to two minutes should do the trick.
Silent Seat Squeeze
An effective way to get blood flowing in your rear end and lower back is by simply squeezing your buttocks in your chair. Hold each squeeze for five to 10 seconds, according to Great.com. Continue flexing and relaxing your glutes until you feel rejuvenated or tire the muscles.
To stimulate those tired legs, perform some squats in front of your desk after pushing your chair aside. Lower yourself down until the bottoms of your legs are parallel to the floor, simultaneously moving your arms up toward your computer screen. Hold the movement for fifteen seconds, then stand back up. Do four to six repetitions.