Brief activities that give you energy Brief activities that give you energy

Brief activities that give you energy

infographics 5 October, 2018 Maria Clara Restrepo E.

The more energy a person has, the more productive they will be at work and the more physically and mentally productive they will be as well.

Medical Advisor Catalina Mena – Occupational Therapist

Taking a break or changing your posture every hour at work is very beneficial to your health. It reduces stress and work-related fatigue, prevents musculoskeletal disorders, brings oxygen to the brain, improves your concentration and recharges your energy.

You don’t need to spend much time doing these activities. The mere fact of a standing up, going for short walk and getting a change of environment is enough. (Also read: Regular checkups to detect scoliosis).

 Keep in mind:

  • Breathing correctly is key to saving energy. Remember to inhale before making an effort and exhale when this effort reaches a maximum.

  • When you are seated, keep your back supported against the back of your chair, bring your body close to your desk, place your forearms above the table and use a footrest.

  • When standing, don’t forget to use your knees to support yourself when bending down.

Performing the following exercises benefits the muscle groups

Stretch your back

Seated on a firm chair, run your hands from your legs down to your feet little by little. Relax in this position for 20 seconds and let your neck hang loose.

Repeat 2 times.


Loosen your chest and arms

Interlace your fingers and turn them so you can see the backs of your hands. Stretch your arms forward and up until they are above your head. Hold for 30 seconds.

Repeat 2 times.


Relieve tension in the shoulders

With your hands resting on your legs, take a deep breath and move your shoulders in circles, bringing them forward and sending them back as you exhale.

Repeat 5 times.


Relax your neck

Take your right arm above your head until it reaches your left ear. Place pressure on it towards your right arm and hold for 20 seconds. Repeat the process on the opposite side.

Repeat once on each side.


Activate your legs

While sitting up straight, take one leg and cross your ankle over your opposing thigh. Hold this position for 20 to 30 seconds.

Repeat once on each side.