3 Simple Stretches to Reduce stiffness


If you have a desk job, one of the main problems you will encounter is stiffness in the neck and joints. Working long hours on the computer meanwhile could cause eye strain and if these health problems are not treated, they could lead to more problems in the future. Try the following 3 simple stretches which can reduce your stiffness of up to 50%.

Stretch 1

This is known as the Hip Flexor Stretch. What you need to do is first find a chair which is about the height of your knee. Stand about 2 feet away and then place your dominant foot on the seat. Keep your hands on your hip and shift your weight forward. You will experience a stretch in the front part of your hip. Then, repeat the same procedure for the other leg. Do this slowly so as to avoid cramps on the back part of your foot.

Stretch 2

This is called the Chest Opener Stretch. First, look for an open doorway which is about 10 inches wider than your shoulder span. Face the doorway standing and then stretch your arms out. Bend your elbows while your forearms and palms are pressed against the wall before walking forward until you feel the stretch in your arms. Hold the position for 10 to 20 seconds and repeat where necessary.

Stretch 3

This is called the Seated Neck Stretch. Find a comfortable chair to sit on and relax your body. Then, place your right hand on top of your head and gently but steadily pull your head to the right lowering ear to the direction of your shoulder. After that, do the same for the other side. If you hear a ‘pop’, it is very normal and if you encounter any sharp pain, consult your doctor immediately. Otherwise repeat this procedure for 10 minutes.