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By Douglas C. Broad, D.CH
July 22, 2014
Category: Stretching

Stretches to Help After SittingDo you just sit all day? Whether you have to be at your desk for work, or you have gotten in the habit of watching way too much television, you probably realize that sitting all day is not a healthy way to live. Fortunately, Cambridge has several recreational centres that offer activities like clogging, “yogalates,” Zumba, and TRX classes to get you up and moving. Even doing some simple stretches after sitting can help you regain muscle tone and counteract some of the bad effects of inactivity. Here are some to try:

Stand Up and Sit Down – Do this simple action repeatedly without using your hands, even while you are on the phone or working on your computer, to put more motion in your day.

Shrug your Shoulders – Take a deep breath, raise your shoulders up, hold, and release as you let out your breath. This loosens tight muscles and gets rid of tension in your neck and upper back.

Twist your Hands in Circles – Do this with clenched fists, first in one direction and then the other, ten times each, and then shake out your hands.

Extend your Legs and Point your Toes – While sitting, lift your legs up parallel with the floor, then point toes forward and release. Do it five times, lower your legs, and repeat.

Write the Alphabet with your Feet – Lift your right leg while seated and use your foot to spell out all 26 letters in the alphabet; repeat with your left leg.

These will help you get some movement in while you are sitting down, but nothing substitutes for actually getting up out of your chair and doing something active. Take a walk on your breaks; eat away from your desk – standing up if possible; or stand next to a wall and do some calf and hamstring stretches after sitting.

At Achilles Custom Orthotics & Footcare we can treat any foot or ankle problems that are keeping you from being active. Call 519-624-4122 and set up an appointment at our Cambridge, ON office. In the meantime, get moving!

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