As working from home has well and truly become the new norm for Victorians, we are quickly becoming susceptible to desk-related injuries due to poor workplace setup.
While there are plenty of ways we can improve our at-home workstation, good ergonomics is only half the battle.
We spoke to Ash Butler, Director of Pilates and Barre at RISE by Studio PP, about the three best stretches you can do to break up the working day and ensure you remain as healthy and injury-free as possible when working from home..
Start in a four-point kneeling position, with your spine in a neutral position (relaxed and comfortable). Round your back and press your shoulders to the ceiling as far as you comfortably can, dropping your head and tail bone down towards the floor. Next, slowly arch your back in the opposite direction, bringing your chest bone and head upwards and sticking your glutes up and out. Repeat 5 times in each position.
Start in a four-point kneeling position again. Reach your right hand up to the ceiling, creating a straight, vertical line from your right finger-tips down to your left palm. Slowly thread your right arm underneath your left shoulder, placing your head and shoulder on the ground. Then, do the same on the opposite side. Repeat 3 times, alternating sides.
In a standing position, tip your head to the right and gently pull out and down with your right hand. You should not feel any discomfort in this position. Keep your head facing forwards and hold for 10 seconds. Then, turn your nose toward your right armpit, placing your right hand on the back of your head. Gently pull down and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat on the other side.
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