For anyone who works in an office, aches and pains in your neck and shoulders is a familiar struggle. Sitting all day hunched over a keyboard and replying to stressful emails can do a number on our spines. Not to mention spending most of the seated reduces blood flow to your legs and can have long term negative impacts on your health. While exercising regularly can help mitigate the effects of a sedentary job, there’s an important aspect of physical health that many people forget: stretching.
Regularly stretching can help keep your muscles limber, and improve energy and mood. And thankfully, it’s easy to do. No matter your level of fitness for flexibility, you can reap the benefits of stretching your muscles and bones. Stretching just a few minutes a day seems like a small effort, but it can make a big impact over time. It can improve your strength and stability, and help even out any imbalances in your muscles and tendons that could lead to injury down the road. Plus, it’s a great way to relieve stress.
If you work out, or especially if you don’t regularly work out, stretching can benefit you. To make incorporating a stretching routine easy, Sleep Advisor created this animated visual below. There’s stretches for common aches and pains, as well as stretches designed to help you relax for a great night’s sleep.