Stretches for desk workers – part 1

Do you sit at a desk for long periods of time? Chances are you experience some sort of discomfort or aches because you’re sitting in a fixed position. There’s more about being a Desk Jockey in this article.  To help you combat the stiffness and tension your body is being subjected to we’ve put together ten stretches that will help you relieve those aches and pains….just remember to do them a few times each day. Here’s the first five stretches, we’ll post the others soon:

1. Interlace your fingers behind your head and gently squeeze your shoulder blades together, push your chest forwards and elbows back.

2. Turn your chin to the left, keeping your chin level. Repeat on opposite side.

3. Interlace your hands behind your back and slowly straighten your arms. If that feels easy you can gently lift your arms until you feel a stretch in your arms, shoulders and chest.

4. Interlace your hands in front of you, then straighten your arms with your palms facing away. You should feel a stretch in your upper back and shoulder blade region.

5. Interlaced hands above your head with palms facing upwards. Think of stretching out your ribs as you reach upwards. To add further stretch you can add a slight side bend to either side.

Suggestions for stretching:

  • Remember to breath while you stretch!!
  • Hold the stretch until you feel tension reduce (forget about counting).
  • Repeat at regular intervals during the day.
  • Don’t stretch through pain.

Part 2 of this article can be found by clicking here.

Print this article and pin it up somewhere visible. Be helpful and leave a copy on a colleague’s desk!  There’s plenty more advice on our website ( and a whole series dedicated to stretching which can be found here: Stretching an introduction

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