Long hours and endless cups of tea or coffee have been the strongest allies at any workplace. But eventually, the long hours of sitting at your desk and the cups of hot beverages start taking its toll. And before you realize, it is already too late.
Though we all try to come across as dedicated employees; obesity, bad posture, backache, and digestive issues are just a few of the problems that we cope up with as a result of sitting long hours on our chair. Most offices also realize the issues caused by sitting for long and have taken measures in the form of treadmill workstations and standing desks.
But did you know that there are simple exercises which can help you to deal with the problem right from the start? Yes, that’s what Nidhi Kaushik, our Marketing Executive showed us in our fitness-themed Continuous Learning session.
Nidhi loves watching TV series and is obsessed with drinking tea. J Nidhi is a very friendly and extrovert person who loves meeting new people. Those who know her will always find her talking in a social setting. So now that you a brief idea about our session curator already, let’s look into the session.
Though most of us know that stretching helps, we often feel lethargic to try it out. Sometimes, it is simply because we feel we cannot afford that time or we procrastinate to later. Hence, for our team, this continuous learning session was also a wakeup call. 7-9 hours of sitting at a place can wreak havoc on your health. To our surprise, Nidhi’s stretching exercises were not expensive at the time or the pocket. You don’t need hours (you could take a minute now and then) or equipment for these exercises.
Nidhi showed us 5 stretching exercises that we could do even while sitting on our chairs at work. Let’s take a look at them quickly:
1. Back Stretch
First, straighten your back. Now, put your hands behind your head. Push your elbows back to stretch your body to the maximum. Hold this position for 10 seconds.
2.Back Chair Stretch
Straighten your back. Put your arms behind your chair’s back support. Now, keep your one hand to reach out and stretch the other hand behind your chair. Hold this position for 10 seconds and repeat with the other hand.
3. Triceps Stretch
Raise your right arm and bend it at the elbow. Now use your left hand to push the back of your right arm backward till you feel it stretching. Hold it for 10 seconds. Repeat for the other arm.
4. Shoulder Stretch
Stand up and raise your right arm to the level of your shoulders. Now bring your left arm in such a way that it crosses your right arm below the elbow. Now bend the left arm at the elbow so that it forms a sling for the right hand. Now use your left hand to pull the right arm towards you till your arms start to stretch at the shoulder. Hold it for 10 seconds and move to the next arm.
5. Side Turn
Keep one arm on the chair for support. Lift the other arm up. Bend to the side of the arm that is on the chair and hold this position with your abs for 10 seconds.
See how easy and fun task it was? And as an
add on, they do not take up a lot of time and aren’t very strenuous. In fact,
they deliver fitness in loads! From great posture to alertness, stress relief
and other health benefits, we can have
them all in one go just with these easy bunch of stretching lessons!
We definitely owe Nidhi a very big time to teach us something which not only was refreshing, but also something that we are bound to take with us everywhere.
That is what continuous learning is all about, isn’t it?
We will come back to you and reveal something new next week. Till then, keep waiting, keep stretching!