Workout Wednesday: Desk Stretches

Having a desk job or partial sitting job can make it hard to get in physical activity throughout the day and sometimes can leave you feeling sluggish. Feeling this way can have a negative affect on our mood as well. In order to prevent this and to stay active, there are many desk stretches available.

The benefits of stretching throughout the workday include:

- reduced workplace stress

- improved worker productivity

- increased flexibility and strength

- proper blood and nutrient supply to the working muscles and tissues throughout the workday

- prevents fatigue and discomfort

- increases energy levels

- reduced risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), like sprains and strains of the lower back, shoulders and knees

- reduced risk of cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs), such as rotator cuff injuries, tendonitis and tennis elbow

Here are just some examples of exercises that can easily be done at work: