Stretching for Work

5 Stretches to Reset Your Body After Sitting for Several Hours
The vast majority of people spend most of their time sitting. This can lead to many problems. Muscles tighten, joints stiffen, and posture becomes out of alignment. Overall this can lead to pain or even injury. Even though it is difficult to undo hours of sitting, there are multiple exercises that can help to correct these issues.

Here are 5 simple stretches you can do every day to help with the maintenance of your body. You can also do these moves before a workout to help correct common issues.

Couch Stretch

Target Area: Hips / QuadsInstructions: 

-Drop to half-kneeling position with your back knee on the ground, close to a bench, box, wall or other fixed object. The closer you are to the object, the more difficult the exercise will be.

– Make sure the front leg is in a stable lunge position directly in front of your body, with your shin vertical (knee over heel).

– Keep your mid line tight throughout the stretch. Do not over-arch your back.

– Squeeze your glutes and practice moving your hips forward to increase tension.

– Do 2-5 minutes total each side

Part 2:
Elevated Pigeon Stretch

Target Area: Hips / Glutes

Instructions:

-Lay one leg flat on top of a bench, box or other fixed object (approximately knee-to-hip height), perpendicular to your body.

– Keep your back tight and squeeze your glutes.

– Practice rotating your upper back and/or leaning forward to intensify the stretch.

– If you experience any knee pain, bring your foot closer to your body or let it hang off the object.

– Do 2-5 minutes total each side

Corner Pec Stretch

Target Area: Chest / Shoulders


Instructions:
– Face a corner in a room where two walls come together at 90 degrees.

– Extend your arms to your sides at a 90-degree angle, and place your forearms and hands on the wall.

– Maintain an upright posture with your “chest high” as you lean your chest closer to the corner.

– Do 2-5 minutes total

Quadruped T-Spine Extension

Target Area: Thoracic Spine / Shoulders / Lower Back


Instructions:
– Get into the quadruped position (on your hands and knees with your hands directly below your shoulders and knees below your hips) and place one hand on the back of your head.

– Rotate your upper back inward so your elbow points toward your opposite knee.

– Briefly pause, and then rotate your upper back outward so that your elbow is pointing toward the ceiling.

– Keep your lower back tight and avoid rounding throughout the movement.

– Do 3×10 each side

Dead Hang

Target Areas: Lats / Shoulders / Upper Back

Instructions:
– Hang from a pull-up bar or other fixed object with your arms fully extended.

-Keep your head straight, core tight and shoulders up by your ears.

– Do 3-5 minutes total per day

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