Question: How can I feel fitter and better at my desk?
Neck and shoulder stretch: tuck your chin back like someone just put something gross in your face and tilt your head to one side feeling a stretch in the side of your neck and upper shoulder area, always hold a stretch at the point where you feel gentle tension NOT pain! Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the other side.
Chest and wrist stretch: Face your palm flat on the edge of your desk with your fingers facing towards the corner (away from your body). Now turn yourself in the opposite direction away from your desk opening up your chest, inner arm and wrist. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds on each side.
Sexy Back Maker: If a rounded stooped over posture is the antithesis of posture then I've got your posture fix! Sit up tall, lift shoulders towards your ears, squeeze them back and then drop them back down. You should now be sitting quite nicely with good posture. Maintain this posture as long as is comfortable (you'll really start to feel it in your mid-back at first) and repeat and hold as you can. Over time you will build postural muscles and it will back for quite an attractive back!
The Posturer: Once you've started to be able to hold the Sexy Back Maker , add the Posturer. While you're in SBM tighten your lower abdominals. Get that sucking in feeling like you're wearing a girdle, it's not like a holding your breath feeling but more of a tightening feeling in your belly below the button, and hold that too. Work up to doing more as you improve. This will not only assist in maintaining good posture but may help your waist appear or even be trimmer.
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