3 Easy Stretches you can do While Sitting

We get it. Covid-19 has changed the way most businesses operate, employees are working remotely and moving less, and the result isn’t always good. 

In this blog we will cover three stretches you can use to help to reverse the negative muscle tightening and stiffening effects which will happen if you sit for most of your work day. Even as you read this you’re likely experiencing pain in your lower back, or tightness in your chest, and maybe even some numbness (all signs your body NEEDS to move around!).

In addition to discomfort, research has shown that poor posture, repetitive motion, and staying in the same position for extended periods of time can worsen – and even cause – musculoskeletal disorders.

​The good news? There ARE stretches you can do at your desk and they can help.  They are easy, and will reduce the discomfort and long-term effects of desk sitting.

Here are three of my favourite stretches, which you can also do while sitting:

  1. The anterior chest stretch: Reach around the back of your chair and clasp your hands together, then lift your chest up while pulling your shoulder blades together.  Great for: opening the chest and preventing rounded posture. It also helps to keep your wrist extensors (you know the muscles for lifting your wrists and fingers up as your type) long and strong.

2. The Lateral Shoulder Stretch: Lace your fingers together and reach your arms overhead as high as you can (palms facing up), then tilt your upper body from side to side. Great for: lengthening the spine and giving your sides a stretch. It also emphasizes your wrist flexors (muscle you use to push down the keys as you type).

3. Thoracic Rotational Stretch: Sitting up straight and tall, place your hands behind your head and pull your elbows back to open your chest, then twist slowly to your left – then slowly to your right. Great for: restoring the rotation of your spine and improving circulation.
You can do these stretches as often as every 30 minutes, or whenever you feel stiff.

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