IIf your butt is dangerously close to sticking to your chair, it’s time for some stretching for a lunch break.
In our latest version Good stretchGo Chlo Pilates’s Chloe de Winter will guide you through seven minutes of stretching exercises that extend the spine and open the hips and shoulders, all designed to break up your work day.
Working in an office for hours can degrade your posture, cause neck, shoulder and waist pain, and even contribute to stress. And as more people continue to work from home, we may be able to get around meetings and coffee breaks even less than we used to. But a break to relax these muscles can fight the pitfalls of office work, so it is a good idea to make stretching a regular part of your routine.
Plus, when you squat over a keyboard, the stretch is also very nice.
First, de Winter will make you stand up from your chair to help you loosen this spine. The seat puts pressure on our spinal discs, which the inclination can worsen, so stretching can help add some space.
The next targets are these tight, tight hips. Your hips are responsible for carrying the load of your upper body and are surrounded by large nerves. All of this can crease and your hip flexors can literally shrink after hours on your lower back. Taking the time to open them and let the blood flow again can keep your hips happy and be the antidote to the “dead buttock syndrome”.
Finally, de Winter focuses on the very important shoulders – the big victims of our screen-focused world. Our shoulders are affected in many ways by office work. If you are anxious, you can increase them. Sitting for long periods of time also makes it tempting to let go of good posture, let your shoulders roll forward, and shorten these muscles. The whole shoulder-neck-back belt can be a tense mess. This is what makes the last part of this video really enjoyable: If your shoulders look like ours, the stretches will show you how badly they wanted your shoulders to move and rotate instead of squinting.
Wow, we needed it!
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