Given the increased amount of time we are spending sitting down, it's important to take care of our bodies to make sure we are taking care of our body and mind (see Post #1). As mentioned in our last post, we do outline some of the benefits of being outdoors, however being outside may not always be an option to us. Just because you aren't able to go outside doesn't mean you can't take a few minutes to take care your body by doing some stretches!
You may be asking "How can something so simple as stretching help you work?". Something as simple as taking a few minutes throughout your day to stretch can increase your productivity, creativity, focus, attentiveness and engagement [1, 2, 3]. One study showed that 20% of people reported eating their lunch at their desk, and 13% of people 'seldom or never' take any time for lunch . Combine both groups in this study and that is 1/3 of employees who don't move around during their lunch break! Not only are there psychological benefits of taking a break, there are also physical benefits. Studies have shown that sitting for long periods of time can increase obesity levels, increase risk for type 2 Diabetes, and premature mortality [4, 5].
Since most of us at Tjene have jobs where we sit at a desk for prolonged periods of time, this article in particular focuses on how we can get our blood pumping even if we aren't able to take a long break to get up and walk around.
At Tjene, we encourage everyone to take some time each day to get up, move around and take a break (see post 1), but if some days are busier than others- there are some stretches you can do right now from the comfort of your own desk. Doing these stretches regularly will give your body some tender, love and care (TLC) while you are hard at work. Happy stretching!
1. Arm and Shoulder:
2. Back #1:
3. Back #2:
4. Neck / Shoulders: