Just as running an eight-hour marathon can be strenuous on the body, so too can an eight-hour sitting session.

Knuckling down and ‘getting in the zone’ may be great for a productive work day, but the impacts of sitting still can be detrimental to your health. Prevention is always better than a cure too, which is why stretching at work is so important for your health.

Getting into a stretching routine at work helps increase your productivity levels too, and you’ll be more focused, less stressed, and more energetic when you return to the desk to tackle the next email-marathon.

You don’t need a lot of space or fancy equipment either; simply standing up and moving around for three minutes every hour, can help to reduce fatigue, benefit your posture, regulate blood flow and increase circulation.

You can also try these simple stretches at work to maintain healthy habits…

The cow and cat pose

This is probably one best saved for a private area of the office, but it’s definitely worth scouting out that sweet spot.

It’s been a popular yoga pose for hundreds of years, and there’s a good reason why; it helps to align your spine, improve skeletal extension, and increase muscular flexibility in your back.

The wrist stretch

It’s easy to sink into an hour’s worth of emails and move only your fingers, and it mightn’t feel like you’ve moved your body much, but your fingers have typed for miles.

It’s important to stretch out your wrists and hands to prevent Repetitive Strain Disorder too.

This stretch can be done anywhere with a desk; stand up, place your hands flat on the desk in front of you with your fingers facing your body, and gently lean into the stretch.

When you can feel the pull up your arms, ease off, and repeat.

The leg stretch

There’s nothing fancy about this one and it’s exactly as its name suggests; a good ole fashioned leg stretch.

Stand up, slowly bend over, and touch your toes, or as far down your legs as you can. Slowly return to a stand, then repeat. When you’re sitting still for long periods of time, the circulation to your legs and feet dramatically slows down, increases the chances of Deep Vein Thrombosis, and Restless Leg Syndrome, both of which are preventable with regular movement.

You can also try a lunch time yoga session to stretch your entire body out, and you can do that our Hawthorn office.

Stepping away from your desk for a yoga session or a stretch session may seem counter-productive at first when you have a long-list of to-do’s, but when your body is aligned and your blood is flowing, you’re more productive and more focussed – which is when the best work happens.

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Siddharth Vadasseri
01:56 19 Jul 18
I've had the pleasure of working at Creative Cubes since it opened, and what I've loved most is that it isn't just desk space. Working here feels like being part of something. Every day you're surrounded by people pursuing their own endeavours, but doing it side by side in a community. The space itself is so well thought out and aesthetically pleasing, but beyond the beauty on the surface there is a depth here. The members are fantastic, the founders are involved and accessible, and the 'Happiness Team' provides a quality of customer service like no other co-working space I've been to. AND, it's pet friendly!
Judy Anderson
00:34 17 Jul 18
The 'Happiness Team' is what makes this co-working space stand out for me. I've worked out of several co-working spaces across Australia, Singapore & San Francisco. The customer experience at Creative Cubes is the best I've come across. For example, a happiness team member will physically walk to my desk to let me know when a guest has arrived, because they know I'm not always going to see the email notification. Sometimes they even buy me time if I'm running late! Brilliant.
Kristen Holden
02:32 17 Jul 18
The team at cubes are amazing and the space is modern and funky. They have a great mix of different businesses working in the space so the vibe is top notch as well. Would definitely recommend going down and taking a look for your office space or next event!
Lets Mingle
02:38 29 Jun 18
This is one of the best co-working spaces in Melbourne! Loved my time here. Great vibe, great people and great location. The happiness team go above and beyond to ensure the experience of rocking up to work is an enjoyable one! 5/5 from me!
nicole iglicki
00:26 17 Jul 18
Love this co working space.It offers both independent offices and or communal co-working space which is designed to collaborate with other members. It is decorated perfectly and the internet is fast! The Happiness Team also go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and will meet all your required needs.
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