Tips & Exercise

Powerful 5 exercises to relax in front of the computer

Written by Martin M. Haupt

We spend a lot of time, glued to our screens, static and badly seated. Find flexibility and serenity thanks to the dynamic relaxation proposed by Catherine Detain, sophrologist*.

  1. I free my neck
    First victim of the immobile station? The neck, which becomes stiff. Sitting at your desk, breathe in through your nose, block your breathing by nodding your head gently as if to say “yes”. Then exhale through your mouth, bringing your head upright. Next, breathe in through your nose, hold your breath, turn your head to the side as if to say “no” and breathe out through your mouth, bringing your head upright. Finally, while breathing normally, rotate your head more and more, starting with the right or the left. Repeat each exercise three times in a row.
  2. I release tension
    Are you frustrated by what you read on your screen? Do you feel like you can’t do it? Nothing’s going right anymore? It’s time to decompress. Stand up. Arms at your side, fists closed, breathe in through your nose. Hold your breath while you shrug and drop your shoulders a few times quickly, then release everything, hands open and blowing hard through your mouth. Repeat three times in a row, no more.
  3. I’m gaining height
    Here’s a simple exercise to relax your back and get taller. Cross your fingers over the top of your head as you inhale. Hold your breath for a few moments if you can. Slowly lower your hands in front of you while exhaling through your mouth. Do the same by raising your arms high above your head with your fingers crossed. Practice three times in a row.
  4. Relieve my legs
    If your time at the computer goes on and on, you need to make sure your legs are stimulated and challenged. Sitting on the edge of your chair, with your back straight, stretch them out, inhale as you bring the tip of your left foot up, then contract your buttock, thigh and calf. Release while exhaling. Do the same with the other leg. Do this three times on each side.
  5. Mobilizing my feet
    Practice the well-named “doormat” exercise. Sitting or standing, rub your feet on the floor as you would wipe your shoes on the doorstep. Breathe in and out through your mouth. Ideal for getting rid of accumulated tension.

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