December 15, 2016

8 Stretches for your Study Break

Studying for finals can mean a LOT of sitting still. While this isn’t a great thing for your health, we all know –  sometimes it just can’t be helped. Maybe you don’t have time to go for a full workout (or even a walk), but stretching can do wonders for your physical, and mental, well-being too. Take a few minutes out of your study session to get your circulation going. Below we have eight, easy-to-do stretches that will give your body a break and your mind a boost!


8 Study Break Stretches - Shoulder Roll

Shoulder Roll

Sit up straight and place both hands on your lap. Slowly roll your shoulders forward in a circular motion, after 5 rotations reverse and roll backwards for 5 rotations.



8 Study Break Stretches - Hip Stretch

Hip Stretch

Bring right ankle to left knee forming a 4 with your legs. Slightly lean forward for a deeper right hip stretch. Switch sides. Hold for about 30 sec.


8 Study Break Stretches - Hamstring Stretch

Hamstring Stretch

Extend your right leg straight out in front of you. Lean forward and reach to touch your right foot/toes until you feel tension in the back of your right leg. Hold for about 30 seconds then switch to your left leg and hold for 30 seconds.


8 Study Break Stretches - Shoulder Stretch across chest

Shoulder Stretch Across Chest

Extend right arm out in front of you. Wrap your left arm around your right elbow and slightly pull towards your chest. Hold for about 30 seconds then switch to your left side and hold for 30 seconds.


8 Study Break Stretches - Tricep Stretch

Tricep Stretch Behind Head

Sit up straight, extend your right arm straight overhead, bend your right elbow (placing your lower arm behind your head). Take your left hand and slightly press down on right elbow holding for about 30 seconds. Switch to your left side and hold for 30 seconds.


8 Study Break Stretches - Neck Stretch

Neck Stretch

Begin by sitting up straight, slowly lower right ear to right shoulder then left ear to left shoulder.  Repeat 5 times each side.


8 Study Break Stretches - Big Hug

Big Hug

Place your right hand on your left shoulder and your left hand on your right shoulder, give yourself a hug. Breathe in and out, releasing the tension between shoulder blades. Take 5 deep breathes then switch your hands, bringing your left arm on top of the right.


8 Study Break Stretches - Seated Spinal Twist

Seated Spinal Twist

Sit up straight and bring your left arm across your body so your left hand is pressing against the outside of your right leg. Rotate your left side so your left shoulder is over your right leg. Hold for 30 seconds then switch sides.

Remember to never hold your breath and breathe throughout all stretches and movements. Try to perform these 1-2x a day at least.


If you find yourself with a little extra time for a study break, check out our Open Recreation options. Go for a swim, rent some Ice Skates at Johnson Ice Arena, or play a quick game of Basketball. Whatever way you choose to spend your break, be safe and best of luck studying!