Have you noticed stiffness in your muscles from sitting for extended periods of time? Have your energy levels been dropping? Do you find yourself being less productive?
Stretching is the best investment an individual and an employer can make. We all need to stand up and stretch to feel better about ourselves and our job. A happy and healthy employee will do better work and will be more likely to stay onboard with the company. What can employers do to encourage stretching?
The sitting position creates compression in the spine, increasing pressure on the discs and shortening the pelvic muscles.
Stretching throughout your work day will help you avoid injury to your low back, shoulders, knees, elbows and wrists, reduce your stress levels and potentially increase your productivity.
Benefits of Stretching at work
Stretching helps protect our muscles. Unfortunately, stretching has not yet taken a foothold in the UK. EU workplaces. The time for change is upon us.Stretching on a daily basis can provide a competitive edge in the workplace because it has the power to prevent injuries, save money, and make work more enjoyable (both physically and mentally) as well as significantly improve employee wellbeing.
Here is what stretching provides:
- Increased ability to perform everyday tasks at work, home, and play.
- Provides a mental break from the work routine, resulting in reduced stress.
- Less joint wear and tear, and reduced osteoarthritis joint stiffness and pain.
- Improved reaction time, balance, and better posture.
- Reduced muscle fatigue and soreness.
- Decreased risk of joint stiffness and/or lower back, neck, shoulders, knees, hips, elbows, wrists, and hand pain.
- More energy resulting from increased blood supply and nutrients to muscles, tendons, and joints.
- Maintaining energy levels
Stretch for Safety, Mental Stability, the Body, and the Soul
Stretching will not only help not only with employee wellbeing but it can really support your employees’ muscles and prepare them for hard work (or sometimes mental labor) but will showcase your concern for their mental and physical welfare.
In addition to stretching, taking regular breaks is important for your eyes as well as your mind and body.
- Breathing and eye breaks – change your focus from your computer or paperwork to looking towards the furthest point you can see in your office. Blink rapidly for a few seconds, then close your eyes and breathe deeply for 1 – 2 minutes
- Shoulder and hand breaks – let your hands hang by your sides. Roll your shoulders whilst maintaining a tall neutral spine between bouts of typing or focused work.
- Walking breaks – every 30 minutes, or failing that every 60 minutes, stand up and walk about. Get a drink, speak to that colleague you were planning to email or walk to the far end of your office and look out of the window.
- Exercise Breaks – perform some 5-10 minute stretches.
Want to improve the employee wellbeing at your workplace?
We collaborate with companies such as Microsoft, ITV, BBC, HSBC, and much more, and provide their employees with the support they need. We help their productivity and wellbeing at work by encouraging them to take regular r breaks from their desk and finding time to stretch.
We’ve been holding corporate Zoom stretch sessions specifically tailored to people with busy working days so you can try our fun stretching classes for office workers in your lunch break.
If you’re interested in joining a free taster session or bringing our Good Stretch Zoom sessions to your organisation, please get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org, we’d love to help!