Stuck-in-Traffic or Sitting-at-Your-Desk Stretches

By LaReine Chabut, Madeleine Lewis

Part of Stretching For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Stretching is a great way to help maintain general flexibility and keep up your with your health. If you sit all day or commute to work (who doesn’t do one of those things?!), here are a few stretches to help you work out the kinks:

  • Shoulder and neck stretch: Sit tall in your chair with your feet flat on the floor, your abdominals lifted, and your hands resting on your thighs. Slowly rotate your shoulders forward, up, back and down as if you were drawing a circle with your shoulders. Breathe deeply as you repeat this motion four to six times.

  • Seated chest stretch: Sit tall with both your feet flat on the floor and your back flat against the back of your chair. Clasp your hands together behind your head. Inhale and as you exhale, gently press your elbows back, squeeze your shoulder blades together and lift your chin and chest toward the ceiling. Hold the stretch for about 30 seconds, then release back to starting position.

  • Wrist and forearm stretch: Sit up straight in your chair with the palm of one hand pressing against the fingers of the other hand. Point your fingers upward and keep your elbows lifting toward the ceiling. Inhale, and as you exhale, gently press the heel of your hand against your fingers. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds and repeat on the other side.