During COVID, Less Sofa and More Stretching…

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During COVID, Less Sofa and More Stretching…

COVID-19 has created havoc on nearly every facet our lives. Not least of all is our physical health, even if we’ve been lucky enough to avoid the virus.

This NY Times article lays out just how bad our at-home regimens may be, especially if we’re trying to emulate something similar to the work we do at the office. Here’s an excerpt of the issues:

These studies…show that 75 percent and 60 percent, respectively, of computer or office workers reported work-related musculoskeletal discomfort. All of the workers in these studies had office desks and full-size computers. So, they were starting in a better position than most of us working from our couches.

They also have the great phrase, “Gravity is the sedentary worker’s nemesis,” and follow that up with three stretching exercises they claim can help keep some strain away from wrists, backs, necks and arms.

We, of course, think you should be trying to so more than just stretches. We are offering at-home livestream training sessions so that even if you end up on your couch during the workday you can still get your heart pumping and sweat a few buckets.

Regardless, the article wants you to do these stretches three times a day, but even once is better than none. Check out the article for handy video explainers, but the tips are below are a good summary;

Wrist Flexor and Extensor Stretches
1. Stand with one arm out in front of you and your palm facing the ground.
2. With your other hand, gently pull your fingers of the outstretched arm back. You should feel the stretch in the underside of your wrist.
3. Hold for a moment or two, then release.
4. Next, keeping your arm straight, use your other hand to push your fingers and palm down and toward your body. Hold a few seconds, then release.
5. Repeat with your other arm.

Shoulder Shrugs
1. Shrug your shoulders by bringing them up toward your ears and holding for 3-5 seconds.
2. Release and repeat 3-5 times.

Back and Chest Stretch
1. Clasping your hands behind your head, squeeze your shoulder blades together.
2. Hold this squeeze for 5-6 seconds.
3. Take a breath, then repeat one more time.

-Shane M.