Office Exercise: Hand and Wrist Stretches
When I was younger, I never understood what my parents meant when they said they were tired after a long day of work. “You’re just sitting!” I screamed, incensed that they wouldn’t go out and buy me the candy that I so desperately needed. How could sitting be so tiring? Adults were weird.
Fast forward to today, and I now understand how draining sitting in front of a computer can be. The computer is an altar, and every time I place my wrists on the keyboard, it takes some of my energy as a sacrifice. Energy theft isn’t the only downside to sitting at desk for hours at a time; our muscles and joints can get tight and sore from being sedentary, especially if they’re in an awkward position. Today’s stretches target a popular problem region for office workers: the hands and wrists.
Sit upright, and fully extend your left arm in front of you, palm facing away from your body. Starting with your pinky, use your right hand to stretch each finger individually, gently pulling the finger towards you. After you’ve stretched your thumb, stretch all fingers at once, holding for at least fifteen seconds. Repeat on the right side. You can do this stretch throughout the day.
Sit upright, and fully extend your left arm in front of you, palm facing the ceiling. With your right hand, clasp the fingers of your left hand and gently pull them back towards you until you feel a stretch, holding for at least thirty seconds. Repeat on the right side. You can do this stretch throughout the day.
Image courtesy of La Vie en Rose.