5 Exercises You Can Do At Your Desk

Arms-behind-your-head Stretch

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.

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