June 23, 2017

Seated Stretch Made Easy

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Seated Hamstring Stretch

If you’ve been sitting for hours without a break, ease lower body muscle tension with this seated stretch. Sit with both legs out straight in front of you. Sit up tall, bend from your hips and reach both hands toward your toes. Hold for 10-30 seconds, then release. For an extra stretch, drop your chin toward your chest.

 

*Consult your physician before performing exercise.

One Stretch to Relaxed

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Seated Low Back Stretch

Transition from work time to relaxation time with this Seated Low Back/Hamstring Stretch. Begin seated, then cross your right ankle over your left. Keeping your knees straight, tuck your chin into your chest and slowly walk your hands down your legs toward your ankles. Hold for 1-3 deep breaths, then release. Next, cross your left ankle over your right and walk your hands out toward your ankles. Hold for one breath, then release.

*Consult your physician before performing exercise.

Sitting all day? Do this stretch…

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Standing Hamstring Stretch

Been sitting a lot? Stretch your hamstrings a lot!

Begin standing, facing a step or chair. Place your right foot up on the chair. Keeping your back straight, bend forward slightly from your hips. Hold for 10-30 seconds, then release. Repeat the stretch placing your left foot up on the chair. Bend forward from your hips, hold for 10-30 seconds, then release.

 

*Consult your physician before beginning exercise.

Add this stretch into your workout plan

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Quad Stretch!

Do this quad stretch at the end of your workout to stretch the front of your thigh and hip. Stand up straight. Bend your right knee and lift your right heel behind your body, toward your low back. Hold your foot with your right hand. Keep your torso straight and shoulders down and back. Hold for 10 seconds, then release. Next, bend your left knee and lift your left heel behind your body, toward your low back. Hold your foot with your left hand for 10 seconds, then release.

 

*Consult your physician before beginning exercise.


Release muscle tension with this stretch

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Side Bend Stretch.

Release muscle tension in your back and shoulders by doing this stretch daily. Stand up. Reach both arms straight up overhead. Lean to your right and hold for 10-20 seconds, release. Lean to your left and hold for 10-20 seconds, then release.

 

*Consult your physician before beginning exercise.

Do this End-of-Workout Stretch

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Corner Chest and Arm Stretch.

Do this feel-good stretch at the end of your workout.

Stand facing a corner. Place both hands on the wall about 10 inches off the side of your body. Step forward into the corner feeling a stretch across your chest, front shoulders and arms.

 

*Consult your physician before beginning exercise.

 

Sit a desk all day? This stretch is for YOU!

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Chest and Front Shoulder Stretch!

If you sit at a computer most of the day, or are hunched over a desk for hours on end, do this stretch a few times every day:

Inhale and lace your fingers behind your head. Exhale, pull your shoulders down and back, and elbows wide. Hold for a count of 10, then release.

Not only does this stretch ease tension in your neck due to pulling your shoulders back correcting posture, but you’ll also decrease low back tension due to sitting up straight with your spine aligned and upright.

 

 

*Consult your physician before performing exercise.

 

 

Add this stretch into your workout

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Lying Hamstring Stretch!

Add this hamstring stretch into your workout. Stretching your hamstrings can reduce stress on the low back. Flexible hamstrings allow you to sit, walk, stand and function in neutral posture and proper spinal alignment. Here’s how to do it:

Lie on your back, with the back of your leg close to a door frame or wall. Place your right heel up on the door frame, keeping your knee straight. Extend your left leg straight out on the floor. Inhale and pull your toes down toward the floor. Exhale and hold for ten to thirty seconds, then release. Repeat placing your left heel up on the door frame, keeping your knee straight. Inhale, pull your toes down toward the floor. Exhale, hold for ten to thirty seconds, then release.

 

*Always consult your physician before beginning exercise.

Stand Up Straight with this Stretch!

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Stretch your Chest and Front Shoulder!

Stand up. Place your right hand on the wall or door frame slightly lower than shoulder level. Keep your elbow straight, and gently turn your body away from your hand. Pull your right shoulder down and back feeling a stretch across your chest and front shoulder. Hold for 10 seconds, then release. Repeat the stretch placing your left hand on the wall or door frame.

Stretching your chest and front shoulder allows for proper posture. This means you stand up straight, longer! Proper posture reduces muscle tension and stress that comes from slouching. Taking regular stand up stretching breaks during your day reminds your body of neutral or a properly aligned body position. You’ll have more energy and feel better!

 

*Consult your physician before performing exercise.

Ease Neck Tension

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Ear to Shoulder Stretch!

Ease neck and shoulder tension with this simple stretch. Begin standing. Lace your fingers behind your body with both arms straight. Inhale and pull both shoulders down and back. Exhale and gently drop your right ear toward your right shoulder. Inhale and return your starting position. Exhale and gently drop your left ear toward your left shoulder. Exhale, and return to your starting position. Hold each position for 10-30 seconds. Never stretch into pain or discomfort.

 

*Consult your physician before performing exercise.