Sit All Day? Try These Stretches to Break Up the Day

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StretchingNot too long ago, medical professionals were calling sitting the new smoking.

Why? Because not getting enough exercise can be detrimental to your health. Long ago, humans worked regularly on their homes and in the fields to easily obtain a good daily workout and expend lots of calories.

Today, on the other hand, most jobs involve sitting, and sometimes, people are sitting all day— even when they get home from work. If this sounds like you, you're not alone, but there's something you should do to dial back the negative ramifications of all-day sitting. 

Most of all, it involves periodic exercise at your desk or where you sit. While working out every day after work is definitely helpful, it's important not to sit throughout the entire day without moving around. Try these stretches to change up your routine and improve the amount of time you exercise and move about on a daily basis.

Stretches for People Who Sit All Day

1. Reaching Lunges

Lunges help you open your hips and increase shoulder flexibility. Start in a standing position and take a huge step in front of you with your right leg. Position this leg at a 90 degree angle and leave the opposite (left) leg outstretched behind you. 

Finally, reach your right arm straight up to the sky and look at your hand above you. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat on the opposite side.

2. Low Cobra

This move stretches your back. 

Lay on your stomach on a mat and put your forearms on the ground in front of you on either side. Gently push your upper body up until your elbows and wrists are firmly on the floor and your upper arms are perpendicular to the floor. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat.

3. Jumping-Jack Reach

Nope, you don’t have to do real jumping jacks with this stretch. Simply place your legs 2 to 3 feet apart (as they would be in the open position of a jumping jack) and put your arms in the air as they would be in a jumping jack as well. Stretch big, hold for 10 seconds, release and repeat.

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