Is an afternoon slump slowing you down? Often, right after lunch, a midday burnout starts to set in. Your head feels as heavy as a bowling ball, your eyes are burning, and crawling under your desk for a nap starts to sound enticing. Does this scenario sound familiar?
If your workday has you worn out, power up your mind and body with these fatigue-fighting, energizing exercises:
Door frame stretch
A chain reaction occurs when your body is slouched over a desk for an extended period of time. Poor posture causes the shoulders and chest to collapse inward, which prevents the lungs from expanding fully. Common symptoms of strained breathing are drowsiness, dizziness and lethargy.
Upper-body stretches help optimize your oxygen intake and strengthen the intercostal muscles lining the ribs. In addition to breathing quality, this stretch helps relieve tension headaches caused by an achy neck and stiff shoulders, as well as bolstering underworked muscles around the scapula.
Neck and side stimulator
When was the last time you stretched sideways? The majority of our movement patterns are centered on such front and back activities as walking, cycling or swimming. While these exercises are successful at strengthening our anterior and posterior muscles, they do very little for the lateral portion of our body.
When these muscles are neglected, they stiffen, atrophy and are prone to injury. Try this invigorating neck and side stretch:
Total body booster
Movement keeps your joints lubricated and improves circulation. By increasing your heart rate and circulation, you can maximize your brain activity and feel-good endorphins, and burn a few calories, too.
This total-body exercise can be modified for beginners or those with balance restrictions by using a chair for added support.
Give your body the boost it needs by shifting, standing, and stretching throughout your workday.