It is often challenging to find a proper time and location to perform a stretching routine during the workday. We are pleased to offer a solution to the this challenge with Mini-Break-Minutes (MBM’s):
When you can’t get up and about to do your standing stretch and warm-up, or if you are in the middle of a task during the workday, perform your MBM's to improve focus, increase circulation, keep muscles and joints healthy, and sustain the mind and body.
This week we present the first of three MBM’s to be compiled as a set of complementary movement patterns, aiming to off-set typical workday actions (or, the lack thereof!).
Performing an action which reverses daily worksite repetitive movement patterns reduces chronic pain and injury, and is statistically proven to improve overall worker productivity.
Instructions: Set an alarm for every two hours of your work shift to perform this MBM.
MBM1: While seated, lift the leg up and down, using hip and thigh to move the leg. Keep your toes pointed up for 12 repetitions and pointed down for 12 more. Switch legs. Keep stomach long and firm.
Optional: Extend the leg out straight in front of you, squeezing your kneecap and rolling the ankle to loosen your foot.