by Terri Mooney-Hooker, Administrative Coordinator
Our Wellness Committee at MAX hosted a fantastic lunch and learn event where team members discovered we could perform stretching and strengthening exercises in the office. While most of us do not feel like we have time to “workout” at work, we actually can take a few moments throughout the day to stretch and renew. It’s so important to stay active in order to stay healthy.
What if you could get a little strength workout and stretching at your desk while you work? If you stare at a computer screen, as most of us do these days, try keeping your head straight, your neck still, shoulders relaxed, and with just your eyes – look left, look right, look down, look up. Do this several times. Believe it or not, your eyes need to “stretch” too.
If you do a lot of typing, and feel your wrists get stiff – try bending your wrist down, then apply a light tension to the top of your hand. You can also stretch your arms out in front of you with your palms facing up. Apply slight tension downward on your fingers; slowly and very slightly until you feel a tug.
There are other ways you can work in movement to your day by just parking your car a little further away or taking the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator. Try walking over to someone, rather than calling their extension if you need to talk with them. And if you can get a quick walk in during your break or lunch – just do it!
Source: Exercises provided by Stretch and Strengthen at Work by Cigna.
Terri is the Administrative Coordinator at MAX. She performs all administrative duties, and helps out in other areas of the company when needed. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband, her children, two cats, her extended family and friends. She is huge movie goer and an avid animal lover.