3 Benefits of Adding Stretching to Your Desk Job Routine
Statistics show that 86% of Americans sit all day at their job. Compound that with the amount of time we sit in front of a TV, home computer and the likes, and almost all our waking hours are sedentary.
We Taschler Spine & Rehab in Fairfax could go on about diet, exercise, and everything you have heard a million times. Instead, we have something even easier: stretching. And this one little routine can add years back to your life, too.
And while you could invest in some stretching tools, you do not need to. The easiest, safest way is to seek professional guidance for a stretching routine that matches your lifestyle and health needs.
Stretching Improves Blood Flow
Remaining inert stagnates blood flow. You know this is happening when you start getting sleepy or your joints are stiff when you finally get up for more coffee. Stretching at intervals gets the blood flowing again, ensuring nutrients get to your muscles and tissue, too.
Stretching Wakes You Up
We unconsciously do a full-body stretch when we wake up. Studies show this serves the purpose of helping massage the fluid gently back into a normal position, realigning the muscles, and even gets metabolism going.
Stretching at your desk wakes you up because it gets your blood flowing and increases oxygen supply to muscles.
Stretching Helps Protect You from Sitting Disease
The World Health Organization said, “Approximately 2 million deaths per year are attributed to physical inactivity, prompting WHO to issue a warning that a sedentary lifestyle could very well be among the 10 leading causes of death and disability in the world.”
That little bit of moving and stretching can add years to your life--quality years. The benefits of workplace stretching, according to a 2009 WELCOA report include:
- Reduced risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), like sprains and strains of the lower back, shoulders and knees
- Reduced risk of cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs), such as rotator cuff injuries, tendonitis, tennis elbow and “Blackberry” thumb
- Reduced workplace stress
- Improved worker productivity
Taschler Spine & Rehab Has the Perfect Stretching Routine for You
For 16 year and counting, Dr. Taschler of Fairfax has been helping people maintain a healthy lifestyle and is an expert in healthy stretching routines. She will work closely with you to help you get your body functioning like it should both at and away from your desk.
Have questions or ready to schedule an appointment? Call us at (703) 293-2939 or go online and fill out a contact form. We’re happy to help.