Five easy stretches you can do from your desk

Jun 4

Spending more time at home likely means that you are spending more time sitting down. Not only can this lead to poor posture, but our overall health is negatively impacted when remaining sedentary for long periods of time.

We spoke with Ashleigh Brennan, Director of Personal Training and Exercise Physiology at RISE by Studio PP, about her favourite no-equipment stretches that you can do at your desk.

Hold each stretch for 30 seconds.

  1. Hamstring Stretch

Our hamstrings become tight when seated for long periods of time. Sit on the edge of your chair and extend one leg out straight, keeping a neutral spine. Lean forward gently and try to touch your toes. Hold for 30 seconds before repeating on the other side. Remember to focus on maintaining a straight, long spine, as opposed to increasing your range.

  1. Spine Twist

While seated, plant your feet wide and firm on the floor. Place your right hand on your left knee and twist your thoracic spine (located at the back of your chest, between your shoulder blades) and shoulders to the left. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the other side.

  1. Seated Hip/Glute

Sitting tall, bend your right leg and place your ankle on your left knee. Gently lean forward, creating a stretch in your hips and glutes, while maintaining a neutral spine. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the other side.

  1. Quadriceps/Hip Flexor

Stand tall on your left leg and grab onto your right ankle. Try to keep knees together and tuck your pelvis under your body to feel a stretch from your hip flexor to your thigh muscle. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the other side.

  1. Standing Pectoral Stretch

Using a wall or doorway, rest your elbow and forearm flat against the edge. Take a slight step forward and turn your body away from your elbow, creating a stretch through your pectoral muscle. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on other side.

To attend a virtual Stretch and Restore class with Ashleigh Brennan, download the RISE by Studio PP app. Click here to view online class passes and membership options.

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