Patricia Aleckzandra | Vigorbuddy
The stressful deadlines, the over killing pressure of the workplace, the hustle and bustle of the city, and more adds up to the stress you already have at home. Having a balanced work and personal life can be difficult but should always be on your top priority to ensure good physical and mental well-being. Office work means long hours of sitting in front of your computer. Keeping your body in shape can be a burden, or even impossible, when you start working in offices. A fit body, as much as a healthy mind, is much needed in working. This will help in alleviating pressure you can have in the physical world. Being confined in your cubicle for eight hours or more can lead to some health issues like posture problems, obesity, and a higher risk of musculoskeletal disorders. It can also cause discomfort especially at the neck, back, and sometimes even at your hands. Yet, do not fret. With these easy desk exercises, you can kiss goodbye those little discomforts you are feeling.
- Blinking. Let’s start with the easiest and most common thing we do – blinking. Looking long at your computer can give you eye strains. To avoid this, blink frequently to keep eyes moist. Blinking will also prevent your eyes from getting red, itching, irritation, and helps in cleaning the surface of your eyes.
- Neck rolls. This exercise is good to stretch your neck muscles and cervical spine while alleviating discomforts caused by neck strain. To lessen the tension building on your neck, start by looking down with your chin tucked in. Roll your head all the way around slowly until you are back where you began. Reverse the process. You can do 5 to 10 neck rolls.
- Mid-Back Squeeze and Hug. Sitting long can cause posture problems and a lot of discomfort at your back. To lessen back tensions, gently pull your elbows back squeezing your shoulder blades together. Hold it for a minute or so, then reach your arms around your body and hug yourself.
- Wrist Stretch Exercise. Wrist exercises can give big benefits. Aside from alleviating pain, it also lengthens muscles and connective tissues, lessens irritation and inflammation of the tendons around the wrist joint, and reduces the chances of carpal tunnel syndrome. For an easy desk wrist exercise, start with an open hand facing down. Move your wrist side to side until you feel the stretch. Hold each for at least 10 seconds and repeat it 3 to 5 times.
- Butt Squeezes. Exercising your rear end is also possible while at work. Simply squeeze the muscles on your buttocks and hold it there for 10 to 20 seconds. You can do it as often as possible.