The Active Office Worker Ep. 01: Wrist Flexion/Extension

2 Drills to Save Your Wrists from Stiffness

By Coach E

active office worker wrist mobility

It’s no secret that working at a desk and computer all day can result in you becoming stiff, sore, weak and fat… that is IF you don’t take the necessary steps to mitigate for the dysfunction and damage this type of work can cause.

Joints don’t move, blood doesn’t flow, muscles stay inactive – the exact opposite of what promotes movement longevity.

But fear not my office working friends because in this very first episode of “The Active Office Worker”, you’re going to learn a drill you can do on a daily basis to save your wrists from stiffening up and even prevent developing Carpal Tunnel syndrome.

carpal tunnel syndrome - wrist mobility and pain

If you’re not doing anything to actively combat the demands of your job, then you will suffer because of this law:

Your body adapts to whatever you repeatedly expose it to.

If all you’re doing with your wrists is typing, mousing and swiping, you’re never using the full range of wrist motion and if you don’t use it, you lose it.

texting wrist mobility

Even if you’re not an office worker, if you’re texting or swiping up a storm on your phone, this drill will help you regain and maintain the movement and mobility we were all blessed with when we were born.

The Active Office Worker Ep. 01:

Wrist Flexion/Extension

Do this at least once a day when you’re at your desk.

Like I said in the video, I suggest anchoring the movement to a specific thing you do every day, perhaps before you break for lunch, at your daily meeting or at the end of the day. Anchoring it to a regular activity will make it easier to build a habit of doing the drill.

And when you do it, smile to yourself that you’re being paid to improve your mobility. 😉

—– Other AOW Episodes —–

Episode 02 addresses neck pain and soreness

Episode 03 addresses shoulder posture and mobility issues

Episode 04 addresses hip mobility and helps activate the major muscles of the hips

About the Author

Eric Wong (aka Coach E) is the founder of Precision Movement and has a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo. He's been a coach since 2005 and spent his early career training combat athletes including multiple UFC fighters and professional boxers. He now dedicates himself to helping active people eliminate pain and improve mobility. He lives in Toronto (Go Leafs Go!) with his wife and two kids and drinks black coffee at work and IPAs at play. Click here to learn more about Eric.