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17 Desk Stretches That Will Keep You Alive!



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There’s more to employee wellness than what management perceives it to be. For example, the actual “way we work.”

Here at Officevibe we think the way that we work is becoming a bit outdated. We are facing a heavier “mental” workload, that typically requires us to be in front of a computer from the morning to the evening.

Not to mention the fact that we are living in a generation where management demands expedience for every task; This is messing up employee health, employee wellness (both physical and mental), and employee morale.

The mental fatigue that we face is worsened by the fact that we’re sitting down all day and we barely move around.

So, we have compiled a list of stretches that will ease the tension and help you function better and become a little healthier.

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17 Desk Stretches That Will Keep You Alive!

  2. 40% increased risk of dying for people sitting all day (Study from Archives of Internal Medicine) Problem Sitting for too long is bad, but not everyone can afford a stand-up desk. Solution Stretch often at work. A few stretches a day (ideally every hour) can make a big difference for your health in the long run. Try some of the following right now!
  3. You can do this one while sitting down. Touch your opposite shoulder blade, and then gently grab your elbow, and pull it towards the opposite side. The Elbow Pump
  4. While sitting, lift your leg up and grab onto your knee. Try and pull your leg towards your chest, and see how close you can get it. Hold for 10 seconds. The Knee-Jerk
  5. While sitting, straighten your legs, and reach out to try and touch your toes. The Toe Toucher
  6. Lift your arm over your head and reach towards the opposite side. Remember to keep your back upright. The Ballerina
  7. Put both of your hands behind your back with palms touching, and push out your chest like you’re trying to intimidate the co worker across from you. Hold this pose for 5 seconds. The Backwards Clap
  9. Raise both of your shoulders at the same time. Hold for 5 seconds, and then release. As you bring your shoulders down say “I dunno”. The I Don’t Know
  10. Lean your head down, and rotate your neck from left to right. Remember to go slow, and ideally sing a song so you don’t look so weird. The Bobble Head
  11. Interlock both hands together, and try your best to touch the sky, with palms facing the ceiling. Hold for 5 seconds. Just watch out in case you have sweat stains under your shirt ;) Touch The Sky
  12. Cross your leg, and gently push down on your knee, stretching the glutes. As your pushing down, remember to exhale slowly. The Knee-Pump
  13. Take your hand and grab the opposite side of your head. Gently, and I really mean gently, pull your head towards your shoulder. No need to have your ear actually touch your shoulder, only moving a few inches is good enough. The Neck Breaker
  14. Get down with one knee on the floor and one knee bent, as if you were about to propose to your coworker, and slowly lean forward. Hold for 5 seconds. Switch and repeat. The Proposal
  15. In the same position as the one above, but this time look up to the sky, and put your hands up. This one is great for your abdominals. Reach For The Sky
  16. In the same position as the one above, but now put your right arm on your waist, and then take your left arm, reach it up to the sky, and then slowly towards the right side. I’m A Little TeaCup
  17. Grab your hand and bend it slowly towards you until you feel a slight burn in your wrist. Hold for 5 seconds. Repeat 3 times. Then grab your hand with your palms facing out and pull back until you feel a stretch in your wrist. Hand Holding
  18. Take your left arm, and grab your right shoulder. With your right hand, grab your elbow and gently pull it towards your right shoulder. Repeat with the opposite arm. One Arm Hug
  19. Find a wall or doorway, and with one arm at a time, press your hand into the wall while turning your body away until you feel a stretch in your shoulder. Remember not to go too hard though, you won’t be able to move the wall, trust me. Push The Wall
  20. While sitting, extend one leg, and hold for 2 seconds. Then try and lift that leg as high as it can go, and hold for 5 seconds. Be careful not to kick the desk under you though. The High Kick
  21. KEEPING THESE GOOD HABITS IS CRUCIAL FOR YOUR WELL-BEING Most office jobs provide very little movement, which does lots of damage to your body. Tools like Officevibe can help measure and improve wellness at your company. LEARN MORE ABOUT OFFICEVIBE
  22. Let us know your thoughts on Twitter @Officevibe AT YOUR WORKPLACE? HAVE YOU GOT GOOD HABITS
  23. THANKS!