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Yoga stretches you can do at your desk

March 7, 2014

If you primarily sit at a desk for your job, you may experience tight, sore muscles from being in one position for several hours a day with little movement. Hunching over a keyboard, typing and being in a seated position can all lead to muscle imbalances that cause pain or discomfort. While this can be relieved by getting in a session on commercial fitness equipment during your lunch hour or before or after work, it’s important to keep your blood flowing throughout the day. The more physical activity in your day, the more calories you burn. So in addition to hitting commercial treadmills or commercial exercise bikes for regular exercise, you can try these easy yoga stretches to get a little more action in your day and loosen up those achy muscles: Wrists and hands: Typing all day long is sure you have your wrists and hands feeling tired. Counter this by sitting with both feet flat on the floor and clasping your hands together in your lap. Extend your arms and push your palms out, facing away from you. Repeat this motion, reaching your hands toward the ceiling. Release and extend your right arm in front of you. Point your fingers toward the floor and pull on them gently with your left hand. Repeat on the left side. Eyes: Staring at a computer screen can cause your face to tense up, which can lead to headaches. To ease your eyes, look at an object other than your computer. With your chin parallel and not moving any other part of your head, look up toward the ceiling, then look right, down, left and back up to the ceiling. Repeat 5 times in each direction. Neck, shoulders and back: Sitting at a desk makes people hunch over with their weight unevenly distributed, leading to neck, back and shoulder pain. To ease your neck and shoulders, sit with your feet flat on the floor and back straight. Roll your shoulders front to back 5 to 10 times, then reverse directions. Roll your head in one direction 5 to 10 times, then repeat on the opposite side. For your back, continue to sit straight. Turn your upper body to the right and grab the back of your chair, lengthening through the crown of your head, and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat on the left side.