Stretching is an important part of a well rounded weight loss exercise routine, but it’s often overlooked in favor of cardio exercise and strength training. But most fitness experts recommend stretching at least three times a day. These simple stretches you can do at the office are a great way to make sure you’re giving your muscles and joints the attention they need.
- Reach for the sky: This is a great stretch for people who type all day and put extra stress on their wrists. Interlace your fingers, extend your arms above your head, and stretch. Lean to one side and hold for about 30 seconds before repeating on the other side.
- Twist: Sit up straight and reach one arm across your body, grabbing the arm of your chair if you have one. Twist slowly towards that side, turning your head to look behind. Hold for 30 seconds and then repeat to the other side. This is a good stretch for your back and chest.
- Counter stretches: You can do this stretch at your desk or in the restroom to give your hamstrings a break from sitting. Place one foot on the bathroom counter or sink (or your desk). Bend your other leg while keeping both hands on the thigh of the leg that’s planted on the floor. Do not press down on the leg you have propped up, as this can put too much pressure on your joints. Hold for 30 seconds before repeating with the other leg.