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Good Form: Chair time can be stretch time

November 14, 2011|Karen Voight | Good Form
  • This stretch can help relieve tension and tightness in your upper chest and back, and will make it easier to stay mentally clear and focused.
This stretch can help relieve tension and tightness in your upper chest… (Charles Bush )

Keep this stretch in mind when you find yourself sitting for long periods of time. It will help to relieve tension and tightness in your upper chest and back, as well as make it easier to stay mentally clear and focused.

Sit near the front end of a sturdy chair. Place your feet and knees together, with feet flat on the floor. Reach your arms behind you and grasp the back of the arm rests or the chair back. Hold on firmly as you inhale and lift your chest. Hold this position for a few breaths as you focus on feeling a deep stretch across your chest and shoulders.

Continue to sit at the front of the chair seat, but this time cross your arms in front of you and grasp the front of the chair arms with your fingertips. Inhale, sit tall and on an exhalation, contract your abdominals and round your back, bringing your chin down and pushing your middle back toward the back of the chair. Pause in this position for three breaths. Focus on feeling a deep stretch in your entire back. Return to the upright position and repeat both of these stretches as often as necessary throughout your day.

Voight is the creator of a line of fitness DVDs, including "Full Body Stretch" and "Ballet BodySculpt."

karen@karenvoight.com

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