Frequent movement throughout the day doesn’t just feel good — there’s science behind why it boosts your energy. When you stretch, blood recirculates throughout your body and brain, making you feel energized and clear-headed. Stretching is particularly effective for workers who spend the majority of their day sitting in a chair, as light movement can help reverse the damage from being sedentary — which includes increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death.

Lucky for those who work in an office, a good stretch doesn’t have to involve laying on the floor, breaking a sweat, or making gigantic movements; it can be a micro movement, like a simple stretch.

Here are three small stretches you can do during the day to get your blood flowing at work.

Arm Stretch

Shoulder Stretch

Side Stretch

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  • Alexandra Hayes

    Content Director, Product & Brand, at Thrive

    Alexandra Hayes is a Content Director, Product & Brand, at Thrive. Prior to joining Thrive, she was a middle school reading teacher in Canarsie, Brooklyn.