5 Desk Exercises To Help With Stress And Tension

They're super easy to do

The majority of us spend an inordinate amount of time sat at a desk leaving us feeling like a desk-bound potato. According to the NHS sitting in one position for long periods of time can slow the metabolism, which affects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and break down body fat.

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Being at a desk all day can also cause neck strain, poor circulation and an inflexible spine which can lead to a bad back and sore shoulders. Our bodies just aren’t made for a like of desk-bound boredom. Unfortunately, winning the Lottery isn’t on the cards so we have to continue going to work and continue sitting at desks.

A standing desk can help

One way to avoid feeling and looking like a crunchy pretzel is to beg your boss for a stand-up desk. Taking a standing break every few hours can boost the metabolism, circulation and help sore backs.

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Boss isn’t keen on shelling out on a  new desk? We’ve got a back-up solution. Exercise you can do from your chair!

These desk job exercises will help stress

East London yogi and health fan Helen Faliveno has put together this easy peasy 5-step guide to relieving and releasing stress whilst at your desk…

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Neck Rolls

Sitting up nice and tall take a few gentle head rolls clockwise and then anti-clockwise. Being really mindful with the neck joint, work into any areas of tension.

Hand & Arm Stretch

Placing the palms onto the desk, fingers pointing towards you, straighten the arms and slowly push into the hands, then flip the hands over and repeat. Be careful not to push too hard if you have wrist problems. This will stretch through the fingers, hands, forearms and into the upper arms.


Interlacing the hands behind you, draw the shoulder blades together, lift the chest up and look up. Squeeze the palms of the hands together to open out the chest a little more.

Spinal Twists

Left hand comes to the right knee and right hand onto the back of the chair. On an inhale lengthen through the spine and on the exhale use the core muscles and leverage on your knee to twist around and look behind you. Keep both sit bones grounded and only go as far as feels good.

Hip Opener

Helen says… Bringing one ankle onto the opposite knee, let gravity draw the knee of the bent leg downwards and open up the hip. For a deeper hip opener slide the foot up higher into the hip crease. Do on both sides for around the same time, for balance.