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Healthy Computing Tip # 446: Shoulder and arm stretch

Do you feel as if you shrink during the day?  Does sitting for long periods at the computer begin to gnaw at your back?  Do you feel a little stiff when standing up?  Immobility during the day can result in stiffness and soreness.  Take a break, decompress your spine and feel taller when you do a shoulder and arm stretch.

How to do a Shoulder and Arm Stretch:

Stand up and push away from your chair. Have your feet shoulder width apart (preferably in flat shoes or in stocking feet). 

Breathe diaphragmatically for one or two breaths, allowing relaxation to flow through your body with each exhalation.  Interlace your fingers  and stretch overhead with palms facing upward.  Reach for the ceiling and hold for 30 seconds.  Relax and let your hands drop to your sides. Repeat 3-5 times. 

Do this or another large movement breaks every 20 to 30 minutes.

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