After a long shift on your feet, you may find that you’re dealing with aches and pains. If that’s the case, stretching could be extremely beneficial for you, your health and your wellbeing. Within this post, we have included some excellent NHS stretching exercises that are aimed at NHS employees to offer support after a long shift.
Stretching is a great way to start the day, and it’s great for winding down after a long shift at work – especially as a key worker. Some studies that have taken place have suggested that along with a regular fitness routine, stretching could have a significant impact on your health and wellbeing. Plus, it can help you relax, increase your flexibility, reduce backaches and pains, and it can combat other health conditions.
Why not take a few minutes after each shift and try these NHS Stretching Exercises? We have listed 5 stretches that are guaranteed to leave you feeling ready to tackle the day.
Hold each stretch for 15 to 20 seconds, and repeat each stretch several times.
Upper Back Stretch
If you are looking for great back stretches, then this upper back stretch is the one for you. Start by interlocking your fingers, reach forward, and stretch your arms outward. Raise your arm above your head and hold the position for 15 to 20 seconds. You should begin to feel the stretch between your holder lades, offering some much-needed relief.
After a long shift, the neck is one of the more tender areas, so why not practise the Neck Stretch and relieve that ache? Start with relaxed shoulders and gently begin to position your left ear towards your left shoulder and place your hand on your head – go as far as you comfortably can. Then, hold this position for 15 to 20 seconds and repeat on the other side.
Shoulder Stretch is a simple, yet effective stretch to incorporate into your day-to-day life. Start by relaxing your shoulder blades back and down. Then, reach one arm across your body and use your other arm to hold that potion. Hold for 15 to 20 seconds, repeat on each side, and you should be able to deepen the stretch to your desire.
Knee to Chest
Our next stretch is the Knee to Chest. Start by lying flat on your back and flowy bring one of your knees towards your chest. Hold the position with your arms or hands, and you should begin to feel a nice stretch in your lower back. This stretch is great after a long day on your feet as it combats backaches.
The Spinal Twist is another excellent backstretch to practise. Start by lying on your back and raising one of your knees towards your chest. Gently roll your knee to the opposite side, and make sure your shoulder remains on the floor. By doing this exercise, you are slowly stretching your shoulders and upper back, offering much-needed relief after a long shift.
So those are 5 simple NHS stretching exercises that can help after a long shift. If you are looking for more NHS exercises, why not check out our NHS Wellbeing Hub? We partnered with Stark Fitness to create NHS specific content to help you get mentally and physically fit.
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