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An easy and quick stretch exercise to try at your desk
Thursday, 14 January · 1 min read

If you work at a desk or are prone to slouching, you could probably do with improving your posture. Practising some simple chair-based stretching is a quick and easy way to do this.

Not only can it improve mobility, but it can also help to prevent and reduce aches, pains and tension in the muscles.

Try this easy-to-follow stretch by NHS. It’s very gentle and can be done almost anywhere – all you need is a stable chair (without wheels):

  1. Start by sitting upright and slightly away from the back of your chair. Your feet should be flat on the floor and your knees bent at right angles.
  2. Steadily pull your shoulders towards the back of the chair and down towards the floor.
  3. Extend your arms out to the sides of your body, at 45-degree angles, with your palms facing out.
  4. Gently push your chest forward and up until you feel a stretch.
  5. Hold this position for 5 to 10 seconds and repeat 5 times.
  6. Do this exercise once a day.
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In the UK, how many days do people take off work each year due to muscle and bone problems?