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5 Essential Exercises to Combat Office Syndrome
5 Essential Exercises to Combat Office Syndrome
Supapong (Boss) Juntharin
Supapong (Boss) Juntharin
Physiotherapist

In today's digital age, where long hours in front of a computer are the norm, office syndrome has become a prevalent issue. It's a collection of symptoms, including discomfort, pain, and stiffness in the neck, shoulders, back, hips, and legs, often caused by poor posture and prolonged sitting. But fear not! With a few simple exercises, you can prevent and alleviate these symptoms. Here are five exercises that are perfect for incorporating into your daily routine, whether you're working from the office or remotely.

  1. Breathing Control

Deep breathing isn't just for yoga classes; it's also a fantastic way to relax your muscles and clear your mind during a busy workday.

  • Sit comfortably with your hands on your stomach.
  • Take a deep breath, filling your lungs with air, and feel your hands rise.
  • Exhale slowly, ensuring your shoulders, collarbones, and upper ribs remain relaxed.
  • Repeat this process about five times, then return to normal breathing.
  1. Chest Stretch

Combat the effects of hunching over your computer with this simple chest stretch.

  • Extend your arms behind you and clasp your fingers together.
  • Straighten your arms and lift them, feeling the stretch in your chest and shoulders.
  • Hold for 10-30 seconds, keeping your shoulders relaxed.
  • For a variation, place your hand on a wall at shoulder height and turn your torso away to stretch each side of your chest.
  1. Shoulder Shrug

Relieve shoulder tension with this straightforward exercise.

  • Sit or stand comfortably and inhale deeply.
  • Lift your shoulders towards your ears, holding the tension for a moment.
  • Exhale as you roll your shoulders back and down to their starting position.
  • Repeat 8-10 times, then do the same with your shoulders rolling forward.
  1. Get Up from Your Desk

Sometimes, the simplest actions are the most effective. Regular breaks from sitting are crucial for preventing office syndrome.

  • Set a timer to remind you to stand up and move every 45-60 minutes.
  • Use these breaks to stretch, walk around, or even step outside for some fresh air.
  1. Forward Stretch

This stretch targets the muscles in your back and shoulders, areas that often bear the brunt of office work strain.

  • Lace your hands together behind your back, palms facing inward.
  • Straighten your arms and lift them, feeling the stretch in your chest and shoulders.
  • Hold for 10-30 seconds, breathing deeply and keeping your shoulders relaxed.
  • Repeat several times to alleviate upper body tension.

  

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