5 moves that will counterbalance a day at your desk

stretchAn article by Lisa Evans in the Toronto Star on Tuesday discussed the possible hazards of sitting in front of a desk at work. Sitting at a desk for extended periods of time can weaken muscles, cause strain and pain.

Here are 5 moves that will counterbalance a day at your desk:

1. Posture Corrector
Sitting with your feet planted on the floor, inhale using the diaphragm and lift your breastbone towards the ceiling. Draw the bottom of shoulder blades together and elongate the crown of your head to the ceiling.
2. Neck Stretch
Place your hand under one side of your chair, lean your body to the opposite side letting your neck fall, then tilt your chin toward your shoulder to feel a pull.
3. Forearm Release
Place a one-inch rubber ball on your desk. With your forearm perpendicular to your torso, roll the ball back and forth under your forearm. The rubber ball acts like a foam roller for your forearms to loosen the muscles.
4. Hamstring Stretch
Sitting on the edge of chair, extend one leg in front with your heel touching the ground, flex the foot and bend forward slightly at the hips, keeping your pelvis stable.
5. Hip Opener
Sitting with your feet planted on the floor, cross one ankle over the opposite knee and bend forward slightly at the hips until you feel the stretch.

After reading these stretches don’t you want to try them out 🙂
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