Deskercise: 9 Easy Stretches You Can Do at Your Desk
Long ago (aka 2014), we at Brit HQ had a team-wide 5-minute stretch break every day at 3pm. It forced/allowed us to pry our eyes from the computer screen, pull our butts out of our seats and get a refresh — together! As our team got bigger and busier, we let this crucial breather fall by the wayside. But in the spirit of resolutions, we’re bringing it back! Check out our deskercise routine below — all stretches are quick, office-wear friendly and best of all, NOT embarrassing :)
Reps: 10 seconds for each side
Why: Releases tension in the upper body
How: Cross one leg over the other, then place your opposite elbow on your top thigh, right behind the knee (never put it directly on your knee as this could cause injury). Take a deep breath and sit up nice and tall, then slowly twist your back and look over your shoulder as you exhale. After 10 seconds, slowly come back to resting position and repeat with the other side.
THE FINGER LACE
Time: 30 seconds for each position
Why: Helps prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, releases tension from the shoulders
How: Plant your feet squarely on the ground and sit up straight in your chair. If your feet don’t touch, move to the edge of the chair until they do. As you extend your arms in front of you, interlace your fingers and turn your hands so that the backs face you. Stop when your arms are fully extended and hold for 30 seconds. Then slowly bring your arms above your head to release even more tension from your shoulders.
Reps: 2 15-second reps
Why: Releases tension in your back
How: Plant your feet on the ground hips-width apart. Rest your hands on the back of your hips, lengthen your spine, then slowly arch your back as you gently tilt your head back. (For some, tilting the head back is uncomfortable. If that’s you, do this stretch without the tilt). Hold for 15 seconds, then return to resting and repeat.
THE SHOULDER ROLL
Reps: 3 times in each direction
Why: Releases tension in your neck and back; increases shoulders’ and upper back’s range of motion
How: Plant your feet squarely on the ground with your feet hips-distance apart. Keeping your arms relaxed, slowly roll your shoulders in a backwards circle three times. Repeat the same motion going forwards.
Reps: 3 5-second reps
Why: Releases tension in neck and shoulders
How: Shrug your shoulders straight up to your ears, then slowly bring them down again. Repeat eight times.
UPPER ARM STRETCH
Time: 15 seconds for each arm
Why: Stretches back of the upper arm and shoulder
How: Bring your right elbow behind your head, then carefully pull the elbow towards the left with your free hand. Repeat on the other side.
BEHIND ARM STRETCH
Time: 10 seconds for each arm
Why: Works shoulders and neck muscles
How: Place your arm behind your back, then gently pull it towards your opposite side with your free hand. Carefully tilt your head towards the opposite shoulder, then return your head to resting position. Repeat with the other arm.
WRIST EXTENSOR STRETCH
Reps: 3 sets of 20 seconds
Why: Helps prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
How: Reach your arm out with your palm facing out and down, then grab your fingers with your other hand. Gently pull your facing hand back towards your body as you keep your elbow locked. Then do the same stretch with your palm facing your body. Repeat three sets for 20 seconds on each hand.
Reps: 20 seconds for each position
Why: Helps prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
How: Bring your palms together just above your chin, then slowly moved them down to your chest as you press inward. After 20 seconds, slowly rotate your palms out and over until they face downwards as you continue to press inwards.
That’s it! Easy, huh? Happy stretching!
Will you and your office adopt this deskercise routine? Tweet us about it @britandco!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)