For some reason, stretching seems to fall off of the radar. Maybe it just needs a new PR person to spread the word on why the exercise is so important. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, stretching not only helps your circulation, range of motion and flexibility, but it also has the power to relieve stress [source: Mayo Clinic]. That's why you should also add some stretching exercises into your day.
So what better stretching exercise to do at work than one that makes you look like an executive? Try the arms-behind-your-head stretch, or executive stretch, as described by the National Institutes of Health Office of Research Services Division of Occupational Health and Safety. Here's how to do it:
- Sit down in your chair.
- Put your hands behind your head.
- Interlock your fingers.
- Move your elbows toward each other.
- Lean back into the stretch.
- Breathe in, and hold for 20 seconds.
- Breathe out.
- Do it all again.
Want to know more? There lots more information below.
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- Gallo, Amy. "Sneaky Stomach Slimmers." Self.com. http://www.self.com/body/fitness/2012/01/sneaky-stomach-slimmers-slideshow/
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- Mayo Clinic. "Office Exercise: How to burn calories at work." Sept. 24, 2009. (Feb. 1, 2011)http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/office-exercise/SM00115
- Mayo Clinic. "Stretching: Focus on flexibility." Feb. 21, 2009. (Feb. 1, 2011)http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stretching/HQ01447
- Mayo Clinic. "Strength training: Get stronger, leaner, healthier." June 30, 2010. (Feb. 1, 2011)http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/strength-training/HQ01710
- Myers, Courtney. "Best Exercises To Do At Your Desk." Forbes.com. Sept. 9, 2008. (Feb. 1, 2011)http://www.forbes.com/2008/09/10/health-office-exercise-forbeslife-cx_cm_0910exercise.html
- Myers, Courtney. "In Depth: Best Exercises To Do At Your Desk." Forbes.com. Sept. 9, 2008. (Feb. 1, 2011)http://www.forbes.com/2008/09/10/health-office-exercise-forbeslife-cx_cm_0910exercise_slide_2.html
- National Institutes of Health Office of Research Services Division of Occupational Health and Safety. "Ergonomics for Computer Workstations." (Feb. 1, 2011)http://dohs.ors.od.nih.gov/ergo_computers.htm
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- University of California. "Deskercise." Jan. 5, 2011. (Feb. 1, 2011)http://uclivingwell.ucop.edu/deskercise/welcome.html
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. "Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans." Oct. 17, 2008. (Feb. 1, 2011)http://www.health.gov/paguidelines/factSheetAdults.aspx
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