On the Fourth Day of Well-Mas, Santa gave to me four Simple Stretches!

Our bodies are not meant to sit all day. Prolonged sitting can cause soreness, muscle tension, and stiffness. Stretching can help avoid injuries and stop you from feeling sore at the end of the day. To get the best effects, stretch at least once per hour.

Here or some examples of easy stretches you can do right at your desk!

Back/Side Stretch – Interlace your fingers and lift your arms over your head, don’t lock your elbows.
Press your arms as far back as you can, then slowly lean to one side, then the other.Back-Side Stretch

 

Neck Relaxer – With your shoulders back, and back straight, exhale while slowly dropping your head to one side. Inhale and bring the head back to the neutral position. Repeat for the other side.Neck Relaxer

 

And a couple more bonus ones because two just doesn’t seem like enough!

Shoulder Roll – In correct posture, inhale while slowly raising your shoulders towards your ears. Roll your shoulders backwards 5 times in a circular motion. Repeat in the opposite direction.Shoulder Roll

Leg Lift – Sit a few inches forward, so that your back is not touching the backrest. Lift one leg off of the floor and hold for 10 sec. Repeat with the other leg.Leg Lift

 

Remember to relax and breathe while you’re stretching!

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About Jav Girl

1) Background: - Originally from Guelph, ONT, - Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology from McMaster University, - Workplace Wellness & Health Promotion (WWHP) Post-Graduate Certificate from Centennial College - Completed my WWHP placement at UHN - Hired at UHN August 2008 2) Passions: - I love to run! Nothing beats a runner's high! =) 3) Achievements: - Competed at the National Track & Field Champions for Javelin [I named my javelin 'Orville' after the Wright brothers who invited the airplane - as I wanted my javelin to 'fly'] 4) "I love what I do because . . . it allows me to help others incorporate aspects of a healthy lifestyle into their lives. I've always wanted to help people get active and live better lives; I just never knew it could be my day job.' 5) Book Recommendation: 'Mindless Eating' by Brian Wansink and 'The Happiness Project' by Gretchen Rubin

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