Workplace Ideas: Stretching

Posted on March 4th, 2014 by Seth Nickinson

The next installment in our “nearly comprehensive list” of in-workplace wellness ideas. 

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  • Suggest that employees stretch for one minute before work each day.  Announce a one minute stretch on the PA system.

  • Encourage stretching at the desk, by sharing tips or videos, or having a “consultant” circulate to teach people desk and chair-based stretches.
  • Use a simple program on your computer as a prompt to stretch and exercise at your desk; or set a recurring calendar reminder
    • StretchClock – free Windows or Mac desktop program or Browser add-on, plus a Web version
    • Big Stretch Reminder – simple prompt in your clock area; works on Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 (in Desktop Mode)
    • Voom – a great (paid) system that shows you easy-to-follow videos and tracks your breaks; has mobile, desktop and online versions
    • at the Santa Barbara Public Health Department, there is an  “Exercise Break” program available on many computers
  •  Encourage physical activity (or at least stretch) breaks during long meetings and conferences.

  • Encourage staff to take allowable breaks and use them to move around. Ring a bell, sound a PA sound, etc. to signal a building-wide 5 minute break.
  • Keep fitness gear at work: store resistance bands — stretchy cords or tubes that offer weight-like resistance when you pull on them — or small hand weights in a desk drawer or cabinet. Do some arm curls between meetings or tasks.
  • Raise your desk top or get an adjustable desk so you can stand or sit while you work.

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