With many of us currently working from home, but without a properly set-up office environment, it’s inevitable we’ll start to feel the effects via poor posture and tight, achey muscles.
It’s not only your neck and shoulders that can suffer from being hunched over a laptop, but your lower back, hips and legs can get stiff and weak thanks to sitting all day – plus your wrists, hands and fingers can become uncomfortable thanks to all that keyboarding.
To help remedy these common bodily tech effects we’ve rounded up some of the best stretch- and strength-based video exercises on YouTube to try now:
Daily desk stretches
Here a doctor of physical therapy demonstrates seven exercises you can actually do at your desk. If you don’t have time to do them all together, try one at various intervals throughout your day; each will help ease tension caused from being sedentary.
Yoga for people who sit all day
This yoga sequence will aid areas that get stiff and weak from sitting too much, including the legs and ankles, hips, lower back, chest and shoulders. Do it daily after work.
Pilates for people who sit all day
If you’re more of a Pilates fan, Lottie Murphy’s top five moves will provide instant relief after a day sitting at a desk, on the sofa or in the car.
Yoga for hands, fingers and wrists
This Yoga With Adriene ‘quickie’ sequence targets areas that get stressed through everyday activity to combat carpal tunnel and weak wrists. It will also help improve flexibility in the small muscles of the hands, fingers and forearms.
Stretches for tech neck and rounded shoulders
These simple yoga techniques help combat shoulder rounding and ‘tech neck’ – when the chin juts forward so that the weight of the head is no longer supported by the spinal column. Whether your phone or laptop is to blame, swapping work-based screen time for this kind will help to balance your body.
A core workout for lower back pain
While lower back pain and tightness can be aggravated from sitting for long periods, it could be due to weak core muscles impacting your posture. Here, BodyFit By Amy demonstrates exercises that are easy on your lower back, while strengthening your core.
From Harper’s Bazaar UK