These exercises will help alleviate tension in your joints, ligaments and muscles, whether you work at a computer a couple of hours a day or spend most of your day in front of a computer screen. Do them the moment you start to feel tired or sense tension or tightness in any area of your body. The exercises are simple to perform and can be done while sitting at your desk. Some are stretches, others are isometric exercises, which means you’ll tense a certain muscle group for 5-10 seconds, then relax.
- You should not feel pain while doing the exercises so be sure not to overdo it. Holding a stretch for just 10-15 seconds is often enough to relax the muscle.
- Do not move sharply or straighten up suddenly.
- Breath calmly and deeply while performing the exercises.
General exercises for relaxation
- Sit as close as you can to the front edge of the chair. Extend your legs under the table and allow your arms to hang freely. Lower your head to your chest and close your eyes. Relax in this position for 10-15 seconds (figure 11).