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Healthy Computing Tip # 419: Twist and Stretch

Do you feel as if you need to unwind at the end of the day?  Do you feel compressed and scrunched down by all the sitting?  Do yourself a favor, unwind and decompress when you twist and stretch.

How to Twist and Stretch: 

Sit comfortably in your chair with your feet flat on the floor.  If your chair has arm rests, you may need to sit forward so that you have room for movement. Place your hands on your hips and slowly bend forward.  Now, begin rotating your torso in a circle counterclockwise.  As you rotate, feel your spine and ribs stretching and elongating.  Make sure that you continue to breath. Rotate in this direction 3 or 4 times.  Then, reverse direction, making sure that you breathe while feeling a gentle stretch. 

Do this or other movement exercises every 30 to 60 minutes, especially when performing tasks that require immobility.

 

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