Stretches While You’re at Work! Get Up and Moving!
So many days consist of driving to work, sitting at work, driving home from work and sitting at home. Our muscles will become tight and shortened which will alter our posture and cause pain. DHT wanted to share some stretches that you can do at work. You can aid in correcting any muscle pain that is caused by constantly sitting by performing these stretches.
- Lunges- Being in a seated position can shorten our hip flexors, because we are essentially sitting in a flexed position. A great way to open up your hips and stretch those hip flexors is by doing a deep lunge.
- Cat and Cow- Our shoulders will begin to roll forward the longer we sit. A great way to put some mobility back into our shoulder and spine is by doing a cat-cow pose. Additionally, you don’t have to do this stretch in a table top position, you can also do it when seated or standing.
- Pec Stretch- With our shoulders rolling forward we may also be experiencing tight pecs. A great stretch for tight pecs is a simple wall stretch. In addition, by adjusting the height of your arms, you will target the different fibers of the pectoralis muscle.
- Deep Neck Flexor Exercise- Consequently with our heads rolling forward from staring at the computer, our deep neck flexors will be weaker and lengthened. There are a few exercises that work great, almost all of them involve bringing your chin tight to your chest to engage these deep muscles.
- Quadriceps Stretch- Our quads are another hip flexor so, by doing a quadriceps stretch you can open up your hips a little bit more.