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Slumped at a desk all day? Here are a couple of great stretches for office workers

A few stretches a day keeps the doctor away.

THE MAJORITY OF people in today’s society spend a large portion of the day sitting down.

Some will spend up to 10 hours a day sitting, either in the office, car or at home on the couch.

We all know exercise helps combat the ill effects of long term sitting but is there anything you can do on a daily basis or even a couple of times a day? Absolutely.

The two stretches below are a quick and simple way to stretch your hips and upper back, both of which suffer greatly from sitting for long periods.

Give these stretches a try next time you are sitting for a prolonged period of time.

Quad/hop flexor

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Aim for 3-5 reps with two to three second hold in each position. Do not hold your breath, exhale on each hold. You should always be relaxed while stretching.

90/90 with arm sweep

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This is great for opening out your shoulders and thoracic spine which we know tends to become hunched over when we sit at a desk or use our computers.

Aim for 3-5 reps, breath out as you sweep your top hand over your head. Make sure that your knees stay together and above your hips, this will prevent you from moving through your lower back.

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