Aside from using a sit-stand desk at work, or integrating an ergonomically friendly chair into your daily life, you can also practice some simple exercises to keep your posture strong. Many of these exercises and stretches are so simple that you can even do them right at home. These exercises are designed to release tension, build muscle, and give you more energy!
These are moves you should do regularly, and if you’re using a great height adjustable standing desk like the SmartDesk 2 or a chair like the Ergonomic chair, you’ll reap even more benefits. Pairing these exercises with good posture at your desk is sure to improve your overall health. Most of these exercises are perfect for doing at home, or even to integrate into your workday routine.
This is a super easy move that can release tension and leave you feeling more refreshed in just a couple short moments. You’ll want to sit or stand in a comfortable position. Inhale, and as you do, bring your shoulders to your ears. On your exhale, pull your shoulder back, down, and together. Repeat several times.
This is a great move to do if you are feeling tightness in the front of your body. It will open up your chest muscles and give you more room to breathe properly. Bring your arms to just below shoulder height with your palms facing forward. As you exhale, slowly turn your hands at the wrists so your fingers are pointed behind you. Breathe here for several breaths.
This exercise is great for the points in your day when you bring down the sit stand desk to sit. It will make sure you keep the blood flowing to stay productive all day. Stand and bring your arms in front of you to shoulder height. Bend your knees and exhale, making sure to keep your knees over your toes. Breathe here twice, and stand back up. Repeat this move a few times.
Standing side bend
Sometimes, stretching out your sides can feel amazing, while also elongating your body and helping with your breathing and posture. Bring your left palm to the side of your head, and make sure both your feet are grounded before you start guiding your head to the right. You should feel a stretch along the left side of your body and shoulder. Breathe here several times before switching sides.
This is another easy move and you can do it just about anywhere. The seated twist is one of the best moves for your posture, and it’s easy to do at work or at home. While you are in a seated position, use the right arm of your chair to twist to the right as you exhale. You should be facing the right arm of your chair once you’ve twisted fully. Hold there for a few breaths, then come back to the middle starting position and repeat on the other side.
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