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The Ultimate ‘Deskercise’ Stretch Routine

I remember back when I used to work in the corporate world, sitting at a desk all day DROVE ME NUTS. Can you relate?

I hated getting up out of my chair and feeling like a moving robot, tight and rigid. Not to mention the neck, shoulder, and back pain.

BUT HAVE NO FEAR, The Ultimate ‘Deskercise’ Stretch Routine is here.

Believe it or not, an analysis of job industry trends over the past fifty years revealed that at least 8 in 10 American workers are desk potatoes.

Here are some health hazards of prolonged sitting:

If most of your sitting is at work, it is common to tilt your head forward to look at the computer screen or tilt your head to cradle the phone. This can cause strain to the muscles and cervical spine.
Slumping forward overextends the shoulder and back muscles, causing pain in the upper back.
When we move around, soft discs between your spine expand and contract like sponges, soaking up fresh blood and nutrients. But when we fit for a long time, discs are squashed unevenly. This causes an inflexible spine which causes back pain.
People who sit more are at a greater risk for herniated lumbar spine herniated discs.

I could go on and on, but you get the point.

In addition to getting up every 30 minutes and walking around briefly (which I recommend setting reminders on your computer calendar so you don’t forget), doing stretches at your desk can help counteract these negative effects of prolonged sitting.

Click on the video below as I guide you through The Ultimate ‘Deskercise’ Stretch Routine:

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Not convinced?

Research indicates that periodic workplace stretching may reduce pain by up to 72 percent. And some studies show that a bit of exercise in the workday can relieve both physical and mental stress.

TAKE ACTION: Perform my Ultimate ‘Deskercise’ Stretch Routine twice during your work day. Once mid to late morning, and once in the afternoon.

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  • Janet May 14, 2015, 7:37 pm

    Thanks Amanda, needed this! 🙂

  • Robyn Petrik May 14, 2015, 8:17 pm

    When I worked at my old corporate job, whenever I was spending a day working at my desk, I would set a timer on my phone for 30 minutes. Every time it went off, I’d walk around the office (or just to the bathroom so I didn’t look as funny, ha), and then set the timer again. Your post reminds me that I should probably be doing this at home to because I sit just as much!

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