According to the Center for Disease Control, regularly participating in physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. By staying active throughout the day, your body experiences benefit in brain health, weight management, reduced risk of disease, and strengthened bones and muscles.
Incorporating physical activity into your day can be as simple as working in a good stretching routine while working. Try adding this 5-minute workout to your workday to keep yourself moving.
Deep Breaths – Take a deep breath in, inhaling through your nose, calmly exhale through your mouth. As you exhale relax your shoulder muscles. Repeat 5 times.
Overhead Reach – Sit or stand with good posture. Extend both arms above your head, reaching towards the sky with fingertips. Hold for 5 seconds and repeat 5 times.
Neck Stretch – Sit or stand with good posture. Hold each position for 5 seconds and slowly return to starting position. Relax shoulders and gently lookup. Look down towards the chest. Slowly bring the right ear to the right shoulder, then the left ear to the left shoulder.
Wrist Extensor Stretch – Sit or stand with good posture. Extend arm in front with palm down, use the opposite hand to pull hand towards you.
Squats – Stand with feet shoulder-width apart. Keep back straight, chest up, abdominals tight. Lower hips as if sitting in a chair, ensuring knees do not extend in front of toes. Return to starting position by pushing up through hips. Repeat 10-15 times.
Knee Raises – Sit or stand with good posture. Tighten abs and lift one knee. Hold for up to 5 seconds before returning to starting position. Alternate legs and repeat 5 times on each sid
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