Desk Stretch at the Office

Desk Stretch exercises can help you get through your work day, making you feel more energized and alert . During your next break, take some time to perform simple stretches to loosen up the tight muscles around your neck, back and shoulders. It will help you tackle the rest of your work day.

If you have an office job or sit in a chair for long periods of time, then you know what I’m talking about when I say you need to take a break and stretch. 

You feel tightness in your shoulders, your back feels stiff and of course your neck is just killing you after awhile. 

This is the time many people will get up out of their chair and wander about the office just to get a break, stretch out a bit and relieve office tension.

Now you can take your stretches to the next level and really get a break with exercises you can do right at your desk.  Use the gadget below to select the area of your body you want to stretch out. 

Here you will find neck stretches, shoulder stretches and upper and lower back stretching exercises to help you feel more revived.  

Each time you feel you need a break, come back to this page and try the next stretching routine.  If your co-workers look at you a bit funny, just tell them to join in on the stretching fun.

There are two stretching videos on this page. One is for the neck and shoulders while the second one is for the back.

If you only have a few minutes, pick one for now. If you have more time, do both sets of desk stretch routines.

Neck and Shoulder Stretch

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Upper and Lower Back Stretch

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Benefits of Desk Stretches

One of the best reasons for performing stretching exercises at the office is to relieve stress.  Many corporate environments are hectic, fast paced and stressful. 

This stress only gets worse when you are up against a deadline or have your boss breathing down your neck for the monthly report.

When stressed, we do not think as clearly and often make rash decisions or stupid mistakes. 

So the number one benefit for you desk stretch break is to make sure your stress is reduced so that the monthly report is completed on time and is accurate. 

But this is not the only benefit you can gain from your “desk stretch break”.  Other benefits include;
  • Improves Posture
  • Increases Circulation
  • Reduces Muscle Tension
  • Improves mental Alertness
  • Decreases Risk of Injury
  • Makes you Feel Better!
So go ahead and give yourself a stretch break to relieve that office tension. 

In addition to these desk stretch exercises, check out all the illustrated stretching exercises on this site.

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