6 Desk Exercises to Help Relieve Stress

If you are sitting at a desk all day, it is important to have some desk exercises that you can do throughout the day to help relieve stress. Sitting at a desk all day can make you stiff and give you aches and pains all over from the position of your body. Performing little bits of stretching and exercising throughout the day can help you get through the day a little easier.

Take a break from the work and do some good stress relieving exercises like the ones below.

1. Back Stretch

A side bend can give your back a much needed mid day stretch. Sitting straight up, at the edge of your chair, stretch your arms above your head, and interlace the fingers. Then, lean to one side and hold the position, then rotate to the other side and hold the position. Repeat this a few times for a good stretch.

2. Neck Stretch

Tilt your head forward to stretch the back of the neck. Hold for a few seconds. Repeat this a few times for a good stretch. Then, sitting straight up, turn your head in one direction, hold for a few seconds and then the other direction.

3. Upper Back

Sit straight up and bring one arm across your body. Your elbow should be loose. With the other arm, hold between shoulder and elbow. Pull the arm across your body and hold. Repeat a few times with both arms for a good stretch.

4. Leg Pull


Stand facing your desk. You can use your desk for balance. Bend one leg and pull up on the leg from a little above the ankle. Pull up towards the buttocks until you feel a good stretch, and hold for a few seconds. Repeat a few times on each leg.

5. Hips & Thighs

Again, use your desk for balance. This time, keep your leg straight and stretch it out behind you. Slowly raise your leg up and lower; repeat this a few times on both legs.

6. Stairs

If you work in a building with some stairs, you can also climb stairs during a break. Climbing stairs gets you physically away from the desk and can help clear your mind as well as get your heart rate going.

When you work in an office and find yourself sitting all the time, it’s important to try to make some time and effort to stretch out and get some stress relief during the day. Some exercises that can be done right at your desk can offer some instant relief for your body and mind. But, don’t overlook some other ways of getting your heart working a little more, like taking the stairs, or standing up to take a phone call. Or, take a break and go for a walk.

The important thing is to give your mind a breather and give your body a good stretch. Sometimes the best way to have energy to get through the day is to give your body a little work of its own.


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