If you are like most Americans, you spend much of your day, sitting and working on your computer. If you are trying to make a deadline, sometimes the day just doesn’t allow you take the breaks your body needs. Spending 5 to 10 minutes stretching can help reduce stress and give you an energy boost. Stretching exercises can also help improve your body’s flexibility and strength.
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Here’s a few stretching exercises to get you started.
From behind your chair or leaning on your desk, rise to your tip toes then back down. Try to bend knees to 90 degrees while keeping back straight and chest up. Do 3 sets of 10. Also consider doing this while you are waiting for your lunch to warm up in the microwave.
Sit up straight with abs pulled in, both feet parallel on floor. Reach your arm to the opposite side of the chair and place your hand on the arm or back of your chair if possible. Twist your upper body in the same direction, looking over your shoulder. If you feel any pain, stop. Hold for 3 to 5 seconds then repeat on the other side. Do this 10 to 15 times.
Arm and Shoulder Stretch
While sitting, reach your arms straight out in front of you. Keep them parallel from each other, shoulder-distance apart. Bend the left arm up and place your right hand under it. Grab your left arm around pull your it toward your right arm. Turn your head side-to-side. Repeat on the other side. Hold each side for approximately 8 to 10 seconds. This will help stretch your shoulders and upper arms.
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