Camille Styles

7 Workday Stretches You Can Do At Your Desk

January 26th, 2016

I have horrible sitting habits. As I type this, my right foot is on the ground, while my left leg is folded in, with my left foot tucked under my bum. I’m leaning slightly to the right, causing my shoulder on one side to tense up and be a few inches higher than the other, while I simultaneously rock an ever-so-slight hunch in the middle of my spine… this can’t be good for me.

A few weeks ago, Kate Waitzkin shared 6 Stretches to Improve Your Flexibility, but let’s face it: all that stretching is so quickly undone after just a couple hours slumped over our desks and staring into our devices. I’ve heard amazing things about standing desks and really want to try one out, but until then, it’s all about finding time to stretch throughout the work day. Kate joins us again today to share her 7 favorite stretching exercises that can be done in the office. Click through, try them out, and let us know: What do you notice about how your sitting habits affect your overall well-being?

tutorials photographed by Jessica Attie; instructions and demonstrations by Kate Waitzkin; location: Mod Fitness in Austin; featured image from Cup of Jo

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  1. Truc Pham says:

    I’m definitely going to try these stretches during my breaks! Thanks for sharing such a helpful post!

  2. Kelly says:

    I have a upper left side back pain. I really need to get moving. I already have a routine to get up and walk around office every hour. I am doing some stretches but not regular. Thank you for this.

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