Desk Job or lots of time spent in the car? Do these stretches to undo the damage.

by Gina Paulhus, Owner of Home Bodies

If you have a desk job or spend lots of time in the car, you will have stiff muscles. You need to perform stretches to reverse the loss of flexibility and mobility, and chronic pain associated with these positions.

Posture when sitting in a car or at a desk for hours each day takes its toll on the human body. We were not designed to sit for any length of time, but modern society dictates that we do. Aside from taking walking or at least standing breaks whenever possible, here are some stretches to help restore the posture nature intended. This will help your comfort level in addition to safeguarding against chronic injury and pain.

Perform all stretches for 20-30 seconds at a time. Hold the stretch at the point that you feel a tugging, but not severe pain.

Pectoral and anterior deltoid stretch:
Place your arm against a door frame, with the elbow slightly bent. Lean forward gently until you feel a stretch at the inside of your shoulder and your chest.

Hip flexor stretch:
Stand near a wall on one leg, holding the foot of the opposite leg. The leg you are stretching is bent at the knee and abs are contracted, knees side by side.

Piriformis stretch:
Holding the edge of a countertop, squat down on one leg with the other leg crossed over your knee at the ankle. Squat as low as you can while holding on.

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