These Easy Desk Stretches Will Make You Feel SO Much Better

Photographed by Claire Pepper.

It’s no secret that
sitting all day is one of the worst things you can do to your body. But, if you
have a desk job sitting is inevitable, especially for you hardworking gals who might be logging in more hours than the
typical 9-to-5. Fighting off the midday slump can be difficult, so
skip that second cup of coffee and take a peek at this list of energy-boosting,
yoga-inspired stretches. If you can’t escape your desk for a midday walk around the block, this is the next best thing… 

High Altar
Give your arms a quick
break from typing for our first stretch. Take a deep inhale and raise your arms
above your head. Interlace your fingers and rotate your wrists so your palms face upwards. Lean
to your left for a deep stretch for about 30 seconds and then repeat on your
right side. 

Side Twist
Good posture is
difficult to maintain, especially after hours of sitting. While placing your
left hand on the back of your chair, twist your body to the left making sure to
sit up straight. This exercise can help alleviate some of that awful back

Hip Flexor Stretch
Having tight hip
flexors not only affects your legs, but your back as well. Try stretching them
by sitting at the edge of your chair while positioning your torso to the left.
Take your right leg and extend it out to the right, making sure to keep your knee
straight. Sit up straight, lift your sternum, and tuck your tailbone under for
optimum stretching. 

Chest Opener
This exercise can be
done in a couple different ways. The easier of the two is to clasp your hands
behind your back and pull backwards. Another way you can perform this stretch
is to bring your right arm over your right shoulder while bringing your left arm
behind you back. Clasp your arms together if you can. Be sure to inhale and
exhale deeply for an even deeper stretch (you’ll be able to feel the

Ankle To Knee
Another great way to
stretch both your back and hip flexors is to place your right foot on your left
knee, making sure to keep your knee at a 90 degree angle. Lean forward for
about 30 seconds and then switch sides. If you find yourself
with a few minutes to spare, we also recommend taking a quick stroll or getting
a breath of fresh air! And, remember, keeping good posture throughout the day is key. 

How do you stretch throughout your workday?

Tell us your tips in
the comments below! 
XO Jessi       

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