September 25, 2021

Wake up those muscles with simple stretches at your desk.

Good practices for any practice - why stretching makes you better at every job.

With hybrid and remote work in its glory days, more and more of us are sitting, well, more and more. And that sitting is literally killing us - people who sit more than 3 1/2 hours per day are 64% more likely to die of heart disease.

With all that sitting, its no wonder we are facing increases in Musculoskeletal Disorders. Carpal Tunnel, Tendonitis, Muscle and Ligament Strain are just a few.

On top, stretching has shown greater benefits than ergonomics alone. Here’s our top 3 benefits: 

🤸Improves Posture

Unless you’re a runway model, you probably need a reminder to walk and sit up straight. With gravity pulling down on our spines and neck, it's no wonder that a lot of us are experiencing “tech neck” (hey our heads weigh 10 lbs!) 

Here’s some tips from the Cleveland Clinic

🥱 Battles Fatigue

Just like walking or drinking more water, a good stretch increases blood supply and nutrients to your muscles, reducing fatigue and letting you crush out your afternoon’s work product. Theresa Slack, author of Occupational Ergonomics: A Practical Approach recommends 5 minutes of stretching for every 55 minutes of work. 

💪 Reduces Muscle Tension

A good stretch warms up your muscles, getting them ready to take on the next job. When sitting (or even standing) all day, your muscles aren’t ready to take on even a simple task. According to PTHealth

When you incorporate stretching into your workday, you can greatly reduce the risk of soft tissue injuries and joint pain.

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