For me, January is not a month of motivation. In a post-christmas cheese slumber, all I want to do is watch Keeping Up With The Kardashians on the sofa rather than drag myself up and exercise.
However, when hunched over my desk , I often feel the need to stretch to wake myself up and combat the ache of slumping over a computer. There's a couple of yoga stretches that I find can help you get through the 3.30 pm slump.
As part of their 'Flexible Working' campaign, Powwownow asked me to share my tips for stretching in the workplace.
Tree pose, or Vrksasana is a yoga pose you can do almost anywhere. You can even have a go whilst brushing your teeth, so there are no excuses! I hold the pose for about 30 seconds, breathing deeply to improve my sense of balance. Drawing your stomach in towards your spine and lengthening your arms above your head also helps to ease tension in your back from sitting in the same position all day.
Reverse Prayer is another pose that helps to stretch the forearms, upper back and shoulders. It's a really good stretch if your job involves using your hands, particularly at a computer. This position also helps you to breathe more deeply, so is great for when you need to take a few breaths and relax.
So, put down your phone, stop scrolling through photo's of avocado on toast on Instagram and take a few minutes to stretch and breathe. You'll definitely feel better for it.