The damage done by too much sitting – whether at your computer desk at work or at home on the couch – has become well-documented in recent years. We’re spending too much time sitting and not enough time standing or being active, and it’s taking a big toll on our bodies.
We’ve put together a list of 10 simple stretches you can do at your desk on a daily basis to help undo the damage of sitting. Get started with the first stretch below:
#1: The Elbow Pump Stretch
This is a simple stretch that can be done while sitting in your computer chair at work or at home. You’ll still be sitting while doing it, but nonetheless it’s helpful in stretching out key muscles that tend to tighten up over prolonged periods of sitting.
Simply take one hand and reach across your back to touch the opposite shoulder blade. With your other hand, reach across to your opposite elbow and grab it, gently pulling it toward the other side until you feel your muscles tighten. Hold this for about 30 seconds, then repeat with the opposite arm.
Note: Too much sitting can cause heart damage. Prolonged periods of sitting have been linked to high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol, both of which can damage the heart.