Often hit by the 2 p.m. slump? A new study suggests a quick fix for those daily lags in energy. And no, it’s not a cup of coffee.
Periodic stretching throughout the day can be beneficial for our health.
How? We all know that sitting at work all day can cause health problems, but how can stretching help our body?
Movement and exercise stimulate flow throughout the body, which leads to a brief period of hyperoxygenation in the brain. The phenomenon lasts only a minute or two, but the effects linger – increasing both energy and attentiveness.
Take a 5-minute stretch break – stand up, roll your shoulders around, and do a couple of air squats, or just take a lap around the office. Sitting all day is terrible for your body, but you can avoid most of the damage just by taking the time to stretch every half hour or so throughout the day.
Other ways to incorporate movement into your work day: taking the stairs, standing up during meetings, walking around the office more and switching out traditional office chairs for exercise balls all help.
“For people who sit most of the day, their risk of heart attack is about the same as smoking” ~ Martha Grogan, cardiologist, Mayo Clinic
“Today, our bodies are breaking down from obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, depression, and the cascade of health ills and everyday malaise that come from what scientists have named sitting disease.”~ James Levine, MD, PhD
“Prolonged sitting should be considered within occupational health and safety policies and practices just like other elements of posture.”~ British Journal of Sports Medicine