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illustration of woman stretching on a chair

Seated side stretch – easy and effective office stretch

illustration of woman stretching on a chair
Nel is doing a seated side stretch to loosen some tension she has built up after having been stuck in an office chair all day.

The purpose of the side stretch is to target the muscles between the ribs and the hip, which can get tensed after having spent a lot of time sitting down, or slept on a too soft madras. Another reason can be that one of your legs are slightly shorter than the other. This is an easy stretch exercise you can do both standing up and sitting down.

HOW:
Sit straight and tense your abs slightly. Raise your right arm above your head and slowly lean to the left until you feel tension on your side. It’s ok to bend your arm to get deeper into the stretch. Don’t lift your butt from the chair or lean forward or backward. Hold the position for the desired amount of time and then switch to the other side.

Variation:
You can also do this the side stretch while standing up. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and raise your right arm above your left and slowly lean into the stretch. Hold the position for the desired amount of time and then switch to the other side.

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illustration of man stretching hands while driving

Improve finger flexibility – Stretch your fingers in the car

illustration of man stretching hands while driving
The main point of stretching your fingers is to improve flexibility, relieve stress and avoid pain in your fingers. Stretching your fingers is especially important if you have a job where you spend a lot of time in front of a computer. This is a simple stretch exercise you can do in your car when driving to and home from work.

HOW:
Place one finger on the steering-wheel and gently press down. Keep the tension for a desired amount of time before relaxing and moving on to the next finger. Work you way through your fingers one by one before switching hand. You can stretch your fingers both down and up for maximal efficiency.

Given you don’t experience any pain when preforming the exercise you will benefit from stretching your fingers several times per day.

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Buttocks stretch in bed (gluteus)

stretch your gluteus in bed
Situation: In bed
Stretches: Gluteus (your buttocks)

Put your leg on the bed so it’s angled 90 degrees to your body. Lean down on your leg so you feel the stretch in your buttocks. Keep the stretch for about 30 seconds on each side.

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