Sitting in front of a computer for hours on end can be pretty rough on your body. What's worse is sometimes, you don't even realize how long you've been sitting down. Actively taking a break to stretch can relieve some of the tightness that develops when this happens.
Set an alarm for every 45 minutes and do some of the following stretches:
1. Shoulder Shrugs
This one's pretty easy and beneficial for anyone who's just typing all freaking day (like me). All you have to do is take a deep breath while lifting your shoulders up towards your ears, squeeze, then exhale and let go. This will release some of the tension in your muscles.
2. Chest Stretch
Put your hands to the side or lace your fingers behind your back. Inhale deeply and exhale as you pull your shoulders back. Hold for 15 seconds.
You can also use a wall as your anchor, pressing forward until you feel a stretch in your chest.
3. Neck Stretch
Without even knowing it, a lot of us drop our heads forward while working on a laptop, which can cause some tension in the neck. So, grab the side of the chair you're sitting on, and tilt your neck to the opposite side until you feel a slight pull. Hold this pose for 10 seconds then repeat on the other side.
4. Seated Spinal Twist
Sit with your knees aligned. Place your right hand on your left knee then twist your upper body to the left. You can use your free hand to hold on to your chair, if that feels more comfortable. Hold for 10 to 15 seconds. Repeat on the other side.
5. Hip Flexor Stretch
It's time to get up from your chair (which usually offers immediate relief, in my experience). Get into a kneeling position, then lift one leg up in front of you and shift your weight forward. After you stretch that hip, switch sides and hold again.
*This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.