Doctor's office
Enter your doctor's name to get office information.
Find labs in your network
Enter your primary care doctor's name to find labs in your network.
Find urgent care centers in your network
Enter your primary care doctor's name to find urgent care centers in your network.
FollowMyHealth®
Driving Directions
Cart
Update Information
Forgot Password

Please enter your e-mail address.

Sharp Health News

4 simple midday stretches to boost energy

June 13, 2018

Midday stretches

We've all experienced the midday slump — that time of day when our energy drops, leaving us sluggish. Often we feel desperate for a quick fix.

Olga Hays, an American Council on Exercise-certified wellness promotion specialist at Sharp HealthCare, says, "The solution to this slump is simpler than we think: take a midday stretch break."

"By incorporating stretches into your midday routine, you will reduce stiffness and pain, improve your mood, and restore your energy and alertness," she explains. "Stretching also helps improve flexibility and range of motion in the joints, which reduces stiffness and pain in tight muscles, leads to decreased risk of injury, and allows muscles to work more effectively."

"Whether you are sitting or standing all day, you should aim for a few minutes in the middle of your day to perform a few simple stretches," Hays says.

She suggests these four simple midday stretches to boost your energy:

1. Neck rolls

Neck rolls can alleviate discomfort or stiffness associated with neck strain, as well as relieve muscle tension.

Neck rolls

  • Begin with your head straight and look forward.
  • Gently tilt your head to the left side and start rolling it back in a circle.
  • Bring your head up to the starting position. Repeat 3 to 5 times.
  • As you find tight spots, hold and breathe, letting your breathing release any tightness.
  • Switch to the opposite side for 3 to 5 repetitions.

2. Behind-the-back neck stretch

The behind-the-back neck stretch offers relief to neck tightness and soreness.

Behind the back neck stretch

  • Stand up straight, with both arms at your sides.
  • Reach both hands behind your back and hold onto your left wrist with your right hand.
  • Use your right hand to gently pull the left arm to the right and slowly lower your right ear toward your shoulder.
  • Hold for a few deep breaths.
  • Relax back to your starting position.
  • Switch hands and repeat, tilting head to the opposite side.

3. Cross-body reach

The cross-body reach stretches shoulder muscles and promotes overall range of motion in the shoulder.

Cross body reach

  • Extend your left arm across your chest and gently press your right hand on the left elbow.
  • Hold for 10 to 15 seconds.
  • Release and repeat on the opposite arm.
  • Repeat on each side one more time.

4. Seated pigeon pose

The seated pigeon pose is a great way to stretch the hamstrings, as well as open the hips and release the back.

Sitting stretch

  • Sit up straight in a chair with your back off the chair and feet flat on the floor.
  • Bring one leg over the other, ankle to knee.
  • Inhale and slowly lean forward as far as you can from the hips. Hold for 10 to 15 seconds.
  • Switch leg positions and repeat.

"Midday stretching offers many positive effects on our emotional and physical health," says Hays. "But be careful not to overdo it. Stretching should be comfortable and never be forced to the point of pain. If you cannot relax into a stretch or if you feel severe discomfort, decrease the intensity of the stretch or discontinue the stretch entirely."

Rise and shine with these morning energy-boosting stretches from Olga Hays.

You might also like:

Choose the doctor who's right for you.

At Sharp, we make it easy to find an exceptional doctor — right where you live and work.

All Categories
Contact Sharp HealthCare
Call us

1-800-827-4277

If this is a life- or limb-threatening emergency, please call 911 immediately.


Email us

Please do not use this form to convey personal or medical information.

How would you like to be contacted?
Date of birth
Optional


Find other numbers

View our phone directory

What's This?

These important numbers are located on your billing statement.

Find your Sharp Rees-Stealy account number

Find your Sharp Rees-Stealy account number

Find your Sharp hospital account number

Find your Sharp hospital account number

Find your SharpCare account number

Find your SharpCare account number
Lung Cancer Screening

Should you get a lung cancer screening? Answer a few simple questions to find out.

Have you ever smoked cigarettes?
Are you on Medicare or a Medicare HMO?