The number one medically treated condition for Clackamas County employees and their covered dependents are related to sprains, strains and other musculoskeletal disorders. Many of us suffer from these injuries and conditions, and there is something we can do about it… stretch! Employee Services promotes stretching within our own department, and we want to make it easier for others to participate. Stretching is important for people who are active as well as people who sit at a desk all day. Here are links to printable stretching posters:
The risk of sprains and strains can be greatly reduced with a little pre-work stretching. Stretching will increase muscle elasticity, strength, blood flow, and rotation of movement. Here are some examples of stretching exercises you can incorporate into your morning routine.
Sitting at a desk all day is very detrimental to your health. In addition to the usual aches, pains and other musculoskeletal disorders, people with a sedentary lifestyle are at a much higher risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, colon cancer, high blood pressure, obesity, osteoporosis, lipid disorders, depression and anxiety. This is why it is important for you to get up and stretch on a regular basis while at work. Stretching is encouraged as often as every hour. Here are examples of some stretches you can do at your desk.
If you need a reminder to stretch every hour, here are some instructions for setting up tasks through your Microsoft Outlook without taking up calendar space.
If you are a more hands-on learner and would like to learn some stretching exercises you can do at your desk, then think about joining the Stretch N' Flex exercise classes offered through the wellness program. It is a 10 week series located at the Red Soils Campus that only cost you $20 and a little time during your lunch. Visit the Red Soils Exercise Classes webpage for more details.