Take 3 minutes each day – do these stretches if sitting long hours at a desk.
Work-related disorders aren’t just limited to heavy manufacturing or construction. They can occur in all types of industries and work environments, including office spaces. Research shows that repetitive motion, poor posture, and staying in the same position can cause or worsen musculoskeletal disorders.
Staying in one position while doing repetitive motions is typical of a desk job. An analysis of job industry trends over the past 50 years revealed that at least 8 in 10 workers are desk potatoes.
The habits we build at our desk, especially while sitting, can contribute to discomfort and health issues
The good news is that moving or stretching is a buildable habit. For starters, you can set a timer to remind you to take a quick walk or stretch. If you’re pressed for time, there are even certain stretches you can do at your desk. Take 3 minutes each day to do these stretches if sitting long hours at a desk.
Remember to breathe normally throughout the stretches, and never hold your breath. With each stretch, you may find yourself more flexible. Don’t go further than is comfortable
• stretch gently and comfortably
• Don't bounce
• Keep breathing
• if you feel pain or discomfort, STOP immediately and move to the next.
• If you stretch to one side then always repeat the stretch on the other side.