Studies have shown that staying in the same position for hours at a time not only creates muscle tension, but can also contribute to long-term health issues, including:
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Lower back pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
According to health experts, if you’ve been sitting at your desk for 30 minutes or more, you’ve been sitting too long. Adding some stretching breaks to your workday routine can bring a host of benefits, including:
- Improving posture, which reduces back, neck and shoulder pain
- Improving flexibility, leaving your muscles feeling less tense
- Improving fitness and boosting endorphins, reducing stress
- Preventing muscle injury such as strains and sprains
- Leaving you feeling refreshed, thereby increasing productivity
Stretching is beneficial to the overall health of the body and plays a role in reducing musculoskeletal disorders among employees. Experts recommend that you stretch daily in order to see benefits. Ideally, you should aim for 5 to 15 minutes of stretching per day.
You can download one of the free apps such as Stand Up! or Break Reminder, which allow you set a recurring timer to remind you to get up from your desk at certain intervals over the course of your workday.
While you won’t start noticing the benefits of stretching straight away, your body will thank you for the daily stretches you give it during a long day of sitting at a desk. And remember, you will need to stick to regular stretching sessions in order for your muscles and joint to become more flexible.