How to Stretch at Your Desk

How to Stretch at Your Desk


Hey, I’m Christian. And I’m Jaclyn. We’re both fitness specialist with LIVE FOR LIFE and today we’re going to go over a couple of basic stretches that you can do at your desk. As you reach down toward your toes, the leg can be fully straight or with a slight bend depending on your current flexibility. This stretch will work on posture and activating the muscles surrounding the spine. Sit towards the edge of your chair and bring your arms up by your sides. Squeeze your shoulder blades together while sticking out your chest slightly. Try to keep your forearms level with the ground and focus on keeping your spine straight and shoulders back. You want to focus on a
nice straight arm and only bending back he fingertips slightly until you feel the forearm beginning to gently unwind. Don’t over pull the fingers as stretching past the range of motion could lead to injury. Stand behind a
chair or use your desk for balance. With one leg extended, curl the opposite leg
backwards and grab the ankle or heal. Try to keep your knees parallel with one another and focus on standing straight up. Stand in a modified lunge position
against a stable structure. With the extended back leg try to keep your heel on the ground and push your hips forward slightly. Keeping your back heel on the
ground will help stretch your calf muscle. Produced by the office of Communication Services at today.duke.edu/working.

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