12 Office Exercises To Refresh Your Tired Muscles

12 Office Exercises To Refresh Your Tired Muscles

So, you may want to stand and do some jumping jacks while reading this…

According to health experts, the average office worker spends a whopping 10 hours a day sitting at a computer.

Gavin Bradley, director of Active Working, advocates doing some type of office exercises throughout the day. He explains that sitting in an office for an extended period of time has several negative effects on your body:

  • Metabolism slows by as much as 90 percent after just two hours of prolonged sitting.
  • The enzymes that move the bad fat from your arteries to your muscles slow down .
  • The muscles in your lower body are turned off.
  • Good cholesterol drops 20 percent after two hours of prolonged sitting.

You have to get moving.

Breaking the habit of being sedentary for extended periods of time can be difficult.  has created a routine of 12 office exercises that can help you stretch out those tired and cramped muscles:


    Upper Body:

    1. Overhead Triceps Stretch
    2. Shoulder Shrugs
    3. Chest Stretch
    4. Shoulder Stretch

    Back and Lower Body:

    1. Leg Extensions
    2. Lower Back/Thigh Stretch
    3. Spinal Twist
    4. Arm/Back Extension
    5. Hip Stretch

    Standing Stretches:

    1. Standing Thigh Stretch
    2. Standing Shoulders/Chest Stretch
    3. Doorway Stretch

    When performing these or any other exercises always remember to listen to your body. Stretch to the point of comfortable limits and not to the point of pain.

    Doing these office exercises throughout the day has several key benefits:

    • Improved flexibility
    • Boots metabolism
    • Gets the blood circulating
    • Relieves tension on neck, hips, knees and spine
    • Improves mental focus and clarity.

    By performing simple office exercises every 20 minutes or so or even just standing for five minutes periodically, you can reverse the effects of prolonged sitting.

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    Last Updated on November 27, 2020

    12 Stretching Exercises to Increase Your Flexibility

    12 Stretching Exercises to Increase Your Flexibility

    When thinking about stretching and learning how to become flexible, consider you are doing more than just elongating and strengthening your muscles. You are, in fact, improving circulation of the blood (lymphatic system), and optimizing the depth of your breath, which further enhances circulation[1].

    Stretching and yoga aren’t just trends; they are practices that have been utilized by humans arguably for hundreds of thousands of years or more. In many cases, modern humans have simply forgotten much of their ancestry, and stretching/yoga is certainly an integral part.

    The following stretching routines, if practiced consistently (every day, or a few times a week), will improve your physical and mental well-being, so let’s get into them!

    Here’s a breakdown of all the exercises I’ve covered in the video:


    1. Standing Hamstring Stretch

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      • Stand straight and tall with your feet hip-width apart, knees just slightly bent, and arms by your sides.
      • Exhale as you bend forward (think of a door hinge movement at the hips), lowering your head toward the floor (imagine the top of your head being parallel with the floor), while keeping your head, neck, and shoulders relaxed (do not tense up).
      • Wrap your arms around the backs of your legs, or simply grab and hold the back of your legs; holding anywhere from 45 seconds to two minutes.
      • Bend your knees and slowly “roll up” back to the standing position when you’re done.

      2. Downward Dog

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        • Start standing with your feet hip-width apart.
        • While exhaling, hinge at the hips and lower your head toward the floor.
        • Place your hands/palms on the ground.
        • Step back with your feet while keeping a neutral back/spine and with your head/neck in-line with your shoulders and arms.

        3. Deep Lunge and Twist

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          • Start standing with your feet together hip width apart.
          • Take a large step forward with your right foot.
          • Bend your right knee and drop into a lunge, keeping your left leg as straight as you can behind you with your toes on the ground, so you feel a stretch at the front of your left thigh.
          • Place your right hand on the floor or in a pray position, and twist your upper body to the right as you extend your right arm toward the ceiling (for a deeper stretch).
          • Hold for 30 seconds to 2 minutes while taking slow and steady breaths.
          • Repeat on the other side.

          4. Piriformis Stretch


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            • Sit on the floor with both legs extended in front of you to start.
            • Cross your left leg over your right, and place your left foot flat on the floor.
            • Place your left hand on the floor behind your body.
            • Place your right hand on your left quad or your right elbow on your left knee (as shown), and press your left leg to the right as you twist your torso to the left.
            • If the spinal rotation causes back discomfort, remove the twist and simply use your right hand to pull your left quad in and to the right.

            5. Figure Four Stretch

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              • Lie on your back with your feet flat on the floor.
              • Cross your left foot over your right quad.
              • Lift your right leg off the floor. Grab onto the back of your right leg and gently pull it toward your chest.
              • When you feel a comfortable stretch, hold there.
              • Hold for 30 seconds to 2 minutes.
              • Switch sides and repeat.

              6. 90/90 Stretch

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                • Sit with your right knee bent at 90-degrees in front of you, calf perpendicular to your body and the sole of your foot facing to the left. Keep your left foot flexed.
                • Let your leg rest flat on the floor.
                • Place your left knee to the left of your body, and bend the knee so that your foot faces behind you. Keep your left foot flexed.
                • Keep your right butt cheek on the floor. Try to move the left cheek as close to the floor as possible. It may not be possible if your hips are tight.
                • Hold for 30 seconds to 2 minutes.
                • Repeat on the other side.

                7. Frog Stretch


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                  • Start on all fours.
                  • Slide your knees wider than shoulder-width apart.
                  • Turn your toes out and rest the inner edges of your feet flat on the floor.
                  • Ensure your legs are maintaining approximately a 90-degree angle (squared off).
                  • Shift your hips back toward your heels.
                  • Move from your hands down to your forearms to get a deeper stretch, if possible.
                  • Hold for for 30 seconds to 2 minutes.

                  8. Butterfly Stretch

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                    • Sit tall on the floor with the soles of your feet together, knees bent out to the sides.
                    • Hold onto your feet (or ankles), engage your abs slightly to keep an upright posture with steady breathing, and slowly lower your body toward your feet as far as you can while pressing your knees toward the floor. Keep a neutral spine during this stretch.
                    • If you cannot lower your torso, then simply hold the stretch and aim to lower your knees closer to the ground gradually.
                    • Hold this stretch for 30 seconds to 2 minutes.

                    9. Tricep Stretch

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                      • Kneel, sit, or stand tall with feet hip-width apart, arms extended overhead.
                      • Bend your right elbow and reach your right hand to touch the top middle of your back.
                      • Reach your left hand overhead and grasp just below your right elbow.
                      • Gently pull your right elbow down and toward your head.
                      • Switch arms and repeat.

                      10. Extended Puppy Pose


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                        • Start on all fours.
                        • Move your arms forward a few inches.
                        • Push your hips up and back halfway toward your heels, or until you feel a deep stretch.
                        • Push through the palms of your hands to keep your arms straight and engaged.
                        • Hold for 30 seconds to 2 minutes.

                        11. Neck Stretch and Release

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                          • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, or sit down with your back straight and chest lifted.
                          • Drop your right ear to your right shoulder.
                          • To deepen the stretch, gently press down on your head with your right hand.
                          • Hold for 30 seconds to 2 minutes.

                          12. Standing Quad Stretch

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                            • Stand with your feet together.
                            • Bend your left knee and use your left hand to pull your left foot toward your butt. Keep your knees together.
                            • If you need to, put one hand on a wall for balance.
                            • Squeeze your glutes to increase the stretch in the front of your legs.
                            • Hold for 30 seconds to 2 minutes.
                            • Repeat on the other leg.


                            The key take away here is that consistency with your stretching routine, followed by good quality sleep and lots of hydration, will instantly begin to improve your quality of life. Find which stretches feel the best in your body and add them to a daily routine you can enjoy.

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