Sitting down is not great for the body. However, most humans sit around 10 hours per day. That can cause quite a bit of damage. Your muscles and joints can get tight and hurt from it, your brain can undergo negative consequences, and things like your blood pressure and cholesterol can even suffer. The good news is there are stretches that can help to undo some of that damage, and these seven are especially effective.
Do The Glute Bridge
Get your body back in gear after sitting all day by lying face up, knees bent, feet flat on the ground. With your arms by your sides, lift your hips until your body makes a straight line knees to shoulders. You should feel the weight in your heels as you hold your body there for a few seconds. Repeat for three sets of ten.
Flex Those Hips
The hip flexor stretch begins in a lunge position with the hips squared forward. Your back heel should be slightly raised from the ground. Feel the stretch as you sink your back knee almost all the way down to the ground, hands in the air above your head. If you need to rest your knee on the ground, do it, but keep stretching. Now repeat on the other side.
Hamstring Stretches Will Do You Right
Stand up straight with your feet shoulder-distance and toes pointing out in front of you. Relax the spine and then bend, lowering your upper body toward the floor as your arms stretch down. Once you begin to feel tension and your lower back begins to curve, you’ve reached your maximum stretching point. Slowly return to starting position, rest, then stretch again.
Plank Your Body To Health
This stretch is also a bit of a workout, so don’t be surprised if you work your abdominal muscles into a six pack if you start doing this regularly. Begin on the ground facing down. Place your elbows on the floor under your shoulders while the rest of your body makes a straight line, all the way from your head to your heels. Stay in this position for a minimum of 30 seconds to stretch your body out of that slump from sitting.
Cobra Is King
Lie down on your stomach, and place your hands flat on the ground under your shoulders. Your elbows should be bent. Now breathe out and begin lifting your chest up toward the sky with your shoulder blades pushing inward. Stay in this position for several seconds, then slowly return to the position you started in. Repeat for three sets of ten. For this stretch, hissing is optional.