Stretching is something that is easily forgotten, however this can be just as important as strengthening a muscle. For some of you, stretching may be the last key to help you relieve your unknown pains. I have provided a couple of pictures of stretches that you can try. Make sure to hold each one for 20-30 seconds and try to do twice per day. I also recommend yoga and/or a massage. These are both extremely helpful for anyone who tends to hold tension throughout their muscles.
1. Child’s Pose
Stretches the lower back, arms and lats
2. Neck Stretch
3. Chest Stretch
Perform this one against any wall corner
Now don’t be fooled by how easy any of these exercises look or by how easy any of these exercises may actually be, because rememeber, it is always easier said than done. As a trainer, I have found that the hardest part of working out for people is just getting in the mind set to actually do it. For some people this may mean getting your butt to the gym but for you desk pros out there, buy a couple of weights for the office, stand up…and do some of these exercises and stretches while on your lunch! Many clients tell me how much these exercises have helped them and how they have seen such progress and my goal is to have you saying the same thing!
Happy Desk Days from BronCoreFitness!
Feature image courtesy of Elvert Barnes