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5 ‘Deskercise’ stretches while working at home.

Wellness experts agree that regular stretching is important for the health of our joints and muscles. When travelling in restricted spaces, like on an airplane, and being seated for extended periods of time, it’s important to find ways to stretch out and support circulation.

Here are a few simple stretches you can perform without leaving your seat:

Neck:

Gently and slowly tilt your head up and down, side to side and bring each ear to your shoulders. Hold stretches for up to 20 seconds and repeat.

Ankles: Lift one foot off the ground and gently make 10 clockwise circles. Repeat the motion counter-clockwise, then repeat the entire exercise with the left foot.

Glutes:

In your seat, gently squeeze your glutes, holding for up to 20 seconds, then slowly release. Repeat up to 10 times.

Hips:

With your right leg bent at the knee, lift and place your right ankle on your left knee and slowly fold your upper body forward. Hold this stretch for up to 20 seconds, then repeat on the opposite side.

Lower Back:

Sitting tall in your seat, place your right hand on your left knee. Twist toward the left from your lower back up through your head, holding the stretch for up to 20 seconds. Repeat twisting in the opposite direction.

Remember to breathe through all your stretches for the best result and don’t go further than is comfortable.

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