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Stretch to Increase Bloodflow and Workflow

Sitting for long hours can have an ageing effect on joint and hip health. It can cause loss of cartilage, depletion of calcium, and wear and tear on the ligaments. Stretching is a great way to decrease these effects, and you can do it in the office at your desk when you can’t get up and go for a walk.

You want to stretch for a minimum of 30 seconds on each side. A simple hip, neck and shoulder stretch will increase circulation and give you an added boost of energy and help increase focus because oxygen is able to reach your brain. It also helps reduce stress: the decreased tension in your muscles causes your brain to relax because it no longer sends signals to your brain that you are uncomfortable.

Another factor of pain and inflammation while sitting, other than sedentation, is poor posture. Setting up an ergonomical workspace will align the spine, taking unnecessary pressure off the low back, shoulders and neck, primarily.

When your feet are rested on the floor, your knees should be aligned with your hips on the same plane. With your elbows resting on the arm of your chair, your wrists should be at your keyboard on the same plane as your elbows. Your computer screen should be raised enough so that your neck is neutral, and you can look straight ahead to read it.

Let us know how these tips work for you in the comments below! Do you have any stretches you love? Tell us about them.

Calliope Tsoukalas Nutrition Counselor/Health & Fitness Writer

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