Stretches to help combat long hours of sitting

Sitting regularly can have undesirable effects on our bodies. Stretching makes your body feel good and makes you more flexible. Here are some exercises you can try whenever you are sitting down – whether it’s in the office, travelling or on the couch at home.

Reach for the stars
Sit toward the back of your chair and raise your hands up toward the sky. Count to 10, slowly breathing in and out.

Arm Circles
Raise your arms straight out to your sides and press your shoulder blades together. Extend arms with palms down, thumbs facing forward, and do 20 forward circles with your arms. Repeat 2 or 3 times.

Seated glute stretch
Sit on a chair and bring one ankle up onto the knee of your other leg. Lean forward, keeping your back straight. Hold for 15 seconds and then switch legs.

Back stretch

Sitting on a chair with your feet flat on the floor, twist your upper body so your shoulders rotate to one side. Go only as far as you can comfortably. You will feel the pull from your lower back up to the middle of your back. Hold for 20 seconds or six slow breaths, and return to the starting position. Repeat on the other side.

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