Here is a quick tip if you sit a lot!
It’s about adding some twisting/rotational stretches to your day! It feels GREAT and they can help loosen up your shoulders, lower back, and hips.
Our daily movements are made in three planes of motion – either front and back or sagittal, side to side or lateral, & rotational or transverse. The majority of your movements involve rotation. That’s why it’s a good idea to add movements that will help you move in transverse plane more effeciently!
Transverse a fancy term for when you rotate any of your joints.
Here’s a simple rotating stretch you can do at work...
Either stand or sit up tall with your feet firmly planted on the floor. Think about making yourself about 2 inches taller than you actually are, with your shoulders back and abs strong! We often talk to our clients about 'lifting your ribcage off of your hips. You are essentially trying to create some space between your upper body and your lower body.
The more you practice that position, the stronger you will feel throughout your core. It's EXCITING!
With your core lightly engaged, rotate your upper body to the left so that your shoulders start to face the wall on the left side of you. Hold for a breath or two and then slowly turn to the other side. Repeat several times on each side ensuring you do not over-rotate. Over-rotating can lead to injury, so do what your body allows you to do and focus on a relaxed breath as you attempt to rotate further.
Feels so good! If you want to take it to the next level, the picture below is another rotational stretch you can add to your post-workout routine.
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