Sitting or being inactive is becoming more and more a requirement nowadays rather than a choice.
Between work and school, the majority of us sit all day and to make matters worse, none of us look forward to exercising afterwards because it does take its toll.
Keeping this in mind, I thought to myself what better way to end this barbaric trend of inactivity then to recommend stretching.
Stretching can be done anywhere and everywhere and on top of that it’ll not only keep you active but alleviate the side effects of sitting all day.
So with further ado, here are 3 Simple Stretches To Make Sitting All Day Less Painful:
STANDING OBLIQUE STRETCH
Where is fat accumulation and muscle deterioration typically first noticeable?
Around your waist!
That’s why it’s important not just from an activity point of view but it’ll benefit your overall look which is important for your self-esteem/confidence.
The muscles included here are your abs (in front) and obliques (to your sides).
I love this exercise because it can be done sitting or standing!
Simply hold your hands above your head and arch your back. Then, lean side to side to stretch your obliques and lean further back to stretch out your abs.
This’ll also help out your back which is affected the most by sitting. Practice arching your back to different degrees and it’ll relieve help relieve some of the tension.
This one’s a little more difficult, but it’ll work wonders.
The same way superfoods exist, so do super stretches and lunges are one of them. They work your hips, glutes, quads, hamstrings, core and some hard to reach muscles on your inner thigh (all affected by inactivity).
And that’s just your lower body. Additionally, you’ll be stretching your core and your back and chest as well. Amazing right?
Start by assuming a lunging position; feet staggered with one in front, leg bent at a 90 degree angle and one behind, leg straight. Lift your arms above your head and arch your back with your chest out in front.
To perform the stretch, lean back as far as you can (without making it painful) and try and get your back leg as close to the ground as possible. Finally, hold for 8 seconds.
Make sure to stretch your hind leg as you lean back. Perform 8 reps per side.
PASSIVE HANG STRETCH
It turns out that sitting itself isn’t so much a problem as is bad posture, which is the problem for most of us.
Bad posture affects your back muscles — especially the erector spinae muscles, which run parallel to your spine — and can cause serious back pain and spinal problems.
The best thing you can do to prevent those problems is to practice good posture or invest in an ergonomic chair or furniture.
But good posture will take time and patience, so in the meantime here’s a great stretch that’s very easy and can be done at a playground or even with scaffolding.
Passively hanging will result in decompression of the vertebral discs, which as Nicholas De Freitas explains, “is important for a healthy back” over at J2Fit Human Performance.
This is especially important for athletes who often find themselves under heavy weight, as it will keep their back in check and prevent injury.
Spend 30 seconds to 1 minute passively hanging and do your spine a solid.
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