The 21st century is causing havoc to our bodies. We spend a huge proportion of our time sitting down in the same position, usually at a computer, in front of the TV and sometimes even both at once!
Break the cycle and loosen up your body with these awesome stretches that you can do at your desk. Do them throughout the day, as many times as you want. It’s a great little mental and physical break for your body.
1. Gomukhasana Arms
Stretch your upper back and arm muscles while expanding the chest and making breathing a little easier. Simply reach your right arm straight up toward the ceiling with your palm facing behind you. Bending your right arm at the elbow place your right palm flat against your back between your shoulder blades. Reach your left arm behind your back and try to clasp your hands, hooking your fingers together. If you can’t reach just go as far as you can. Keep your back straight and your chest up during the stretch. Hold for 30 seconds, then swap sides.
2. Backwards shoulder stretch
Wring out the tightness in your upper back, neck and shoulders. Reach both hands behind your back and clasp them together, fingers intertwined and arms fully extended. Pull down and slightly away from your back. Keep your back arched and your chest up. Tilt your head slowly from side to side to release tension in your neck.
3. Eagle arms
Stretch your shoulders, triceps and back all at once! Keeping your chest tall, raise your arms so that your elbows are at a 90-degree angle, your palms facing each other, and your fingers pointing towards the ceiling. Place your right elbow in the crease of your left elbow and intertwine your arms. Try and hook the fingers of your left hand over your right thumb. Keeping your back straight, slowly raise your elbows up towards the ceiling.
Hold for 30 seconds, then release and repeat on the other side.
4. Seated pigeon
A popular leg stretch can also be done sitting down! Take your right foot in your hands and place it on your left knee. With your right knee at a 90-degree angle, rest your right ankle on your left thigh, just above the knee. Hold for 30 seconds, then release and repeat on the other side.