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Manage Stress and Your Weight With Stretching

Posted by InterHealth Nutraceuticals on Sat, Apr 18, 2015 @ 09:30 AM


If you work in an office setting, you know that daily stresses, however big or small, are something to be expected. Work stress takes a toll on your body, even in an office setting where there are little to no physical demands. Stretching to relieve stress at the office is an easy way to make your day smoother and more productive, allowing you to relax and focus on the tasks at hand.  Here are some stress-relieving stretches to incorporate into your daily routine:

  1. Sitting stretches. If you work in an office. There are several stretches you can do while seated at your desk. The first stretch starts by sitting with feet flat on the ground. Then, lean over with your arms outstretched and take 3 deep breaths. If you are a little more flexible, reach for your ankles as you take the breaths.  After this stretch, sit up straight before twisting your torso to one side and holding for 3 breaths. Repeat on the other side.

  1. Standing stretches. One of the most stress-relieving standing stretches is Reach-for-the-sky. With feet firmly planted shoulder-width apart, lift hands above your head as if you are reaching for the sky. Keeping shoulders relaxed, hold for 3 deep breaths before releasing. Next, with feet placed wide, lift hands above your head and grasp your hands together. Lean to one side until you feel the stretch and take one deep breath. Repeat on the other side.  

  1. Neck stretches. These can be done seated or standing. First, simply move your head slowly from left to right holding for 3 counts on each side.  Then move your head up and down as if nodding, similarly holding for 3 counts looking up and looking down. Lastly, bring your left ear to your left shoulder and hold for 3 counts before repeating on the right side.

  1. Leg stretches. Start in a standing position with feet planted shoulder-width apart. Bend over and reach for your toes, taking 5-10 deep breaths once you’ve reached as far as you can go. Next, stand up and bend each leg up as if marching slowly. Repeat each leg 5-10 times.

  1. Hand and arm stretches. Your hands and arms work hard for your every day. They deserve a stretch! While sitting or standing, interlace your fingers and stretch your arms forward with palms out, giving the inside of your arms and hands a nice stretch. Hold for 5 counts before reaching over your head and also holding for 5 counts. Lastly, simply spread out your fingers and move them around in different ways. Your hands will appreciate the extra movement and stress relief!

Keeping your stress under control is just one part of maintaining a healthy weight. We also encourage you to incorporate regular exercise and a supplement like Meratrim®.

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