Typical working positions today are either standing or sitting. In laboratories worldwide, people stand at the bench and then sit at a desk preparing orders, writing reports, or evaluating experiments. Both positions are tiring when done for too long and can lead to tension in certain muscles. Most common are a shoulder tension and a pain in the neck many of us often suffer. Additionally, after long working hours, certain stiffness enters our body and we feel tired and unable to move as flexibly as we did in the morning.
One way to conquer these issues is through exercise. Going to the gym after work seems like a good compensation. But unfortunately, a balance between work and exercise is not a given. Working for 8 hours or more in a partly static position cannot be negated by 30-60 minutes of activity in the evening. Reduced flexibility and range of motion, as well as pain in multiple body parts, can be the consequences.
To reduce these effects, regular movement during work and the stretching of muscles is important. Only a few minutes during the day, during a coffee break, after lunch, and in the afternoon, can quickly have a positive impact on your overall well-being. We put together a set of exercises everyone can perform on their own or together with colleagues to benefit from relaxed muscles and more energy day by day. Watch our video and join us in practicing some stretching exercises!