Health and wellbeing are increasingly seen as an important part of company culture, but almost a quarter (23%) of workers feel their organisation doesn’t take it seriously enough.
That’s according to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), which questioned 2,000 workers across the UK.
As we’ve discussed before, workers are now spending longer sat down in front of their computer screens. And while the option to work from home has brought many benefits, one negative is that staff are finding it difficult to switch off from work when they get home, meaning they spend even more time sat at their desks.
All of this is having an effect on our physical and mental wellbeing, with our sedentary lifestyles now more dangerous than smoking.
What’s more, the PwC research revealed that 83% of employees believe their wellbeing impacts their productivity.
So, how can you offset this sedentary life, improve productivity and boost wellbeing?
The answer is actually a lot simpler than you might think. As Verywell reveals, stretching can help achieve all of the above.
While they may just be simple exercises, your mental wellbeing will benefit from the mood boost. As Fitness Magazine explains, exercise can help reduce stress, tension and anxiety, not to mention the improvement it can make to cognitive performance.
Verywell recommends trying these simple stretches at your desk:
● Chest stretch — stop yourself hunching forward over your desk by taking your arms behind you and either use a resistance band or lace your fingers together. Then straighten your arms and gently lift your hands up until you feel a stretch in your chest.
● Shoulder shrugs — hunching causes tension in our muscles and our traps. Offset this by lifting the shoulders up towards the ears, squeezing as hard as you can and holding before rolling them back down. Repeat for 8-10 reps then roll the shoulders forward.
● Forearm stretch — typing all day can tighten your forearms. Stretch them out by stretching your arm out and turning the hand down so your fingers point to the floor. Use your other hand to gently pull the fingers towards you and hold for 10-30 seconds. Repeat on the other side.
● Neck stretch — Tension in the neck can cause headaches and upper back tension. Avoid this by grabbing the side of your chair with your right hand and gently pull while tilting your head to the left. Hold for 10-30 seconds and repeat on the other side.
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