Stretches for the sedentary workplace
Spending a lot of time sitting at work? Starting to get some aches and pains? Here’s some stretches you can easily accomplish throughout your work day to help combat these aches and pains:
Seated hamstring stretch
Start by scooting to the edge of your chair, and straighten out one of your legs in front of you. Keeping your back straight, bend forward at your hips until you feel a light stretch behind your thigh. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds, and then try it again on the other side.
Standing extension stretch
Start by standing up, feet shoulder width apart. Next, reach up with both arms into a Y shape as high as you can comfortably. Hold this position for 2-3 seconds, and repeat 8-10 times.
Hip flexor stretch
First, find a stable surface about the height of your knee, and place one of your knees on the bench/chair. If you don’t have good balance, make sure you can hold onto something stable. Next, try to rotate your hips back until you feel a light stretch in the front of you thigh and hips and hold for 30 seconds. Try this again on the other side.