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Healthy Living: Stretch!

I work at a desk job, and sometimes I get the uncontrollable urge to get up, walk around or stretch. The good thing is experts agree that it’s very beneficial to do these things during the day.

The kids are back in school now, and they are also sitting sedentary at a desk most of the day. We can all benefit from moving around.

It’s best to get up at least every hour and take a short lap around your office or building. It helps our kids to switch classes and walk the hallways to get their wiggles out, and it helps adults, too.

When you can’t get up, you can stretch at your seat. These simple activities should work for students or executives to help increase blood flow, to increase focus and to ease stress on your cramped or stiff limbs.

1. While sitting in a chair, cross your arms over and hang onto the chair between your legs. Let your head fall forward and lean backward slowly. (Be careful!)

2. Sit upright and interlock your fingers. Bend your arms and place them above your head while pressing your elbows and hands backward.

3. Keep your shoulders still and your head up. Slowly rotate your chin toward your shoulder. Repeat on both sides.

4. Look forward while keeping your head up. Slowly move your ear toward your shoulder while keeping your hands behind your back. Repeat on both sides.

5. Sit upright and place one arm across your body. Keep your arm parallel to the ground and pull your elbow toward your opposite shoulder. Repeat for both arms.

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