Exercises

Ergonomics
Take an online stretch or exercice class! Please go at your own pace and treat yourself very gently and respectfully. This online experience assumes your body and mind are healthy.

10 Great at-your-desk Stretches star[offsite link]
10 simple whole body exercises for computer breaks.

An Exercise Series star
The New Zealand Occupational Safety and Health Service provides animated computer break stretches. Do these slowly and stop if they bring on pain. Go slower than the animation.

Exercises For Preventing Hand Pain star
According to The American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT), heavy use of small personal music devices, smart phones and PDAs can lead to hand ailments. In addition to providing healthy usage guidelines, ASHT recommends the following hand and wrist exercises to reduce the risk of injuries.

RSI Exercises star[offsite link]
Artistically done, this website is dense with information about RSI. It also features animated exercise sequences.

Sorehand star[offsite link]
This mailing list from UCSF is dedicated to sharing information about Repetitive Strain Injuries. You can find resources, book titles, and support groups here.

Stretch Breaks from University of Virginia Ergonomics Program star[offsite link]
Animated photographed stretches for computer users.

Stretching for the Computer Athlete star
Stretching and strengthening programs can be instrumental in easing the rounded shoulder and forward head postures that develop from computer or desk activities. Here are a few stretches that will help ease the aches and pains of the computer athlete.

Wrist and Hand ┬┤Desk Exercises┬┤ from Aetna star[offsite link]
Give your hands a break with these online exercises.

Wrist, Finger, and Thumb Movements star[offsite link]
This page gives many good movements you can incorporate into your stretch breaks. If you click on the gray button associated with the picutre, you can see an animation with a written description of the exercise. Some movement is better than no movement, so give it a try!

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