5 stretches you can do anywhere

Fall means back to school, sporting events, and less time spent outside.

Do you find yourself sitting more often?

Whether it be in the carpool lane at school, bleachers at a Friday night football game, or at work, you may find yourself sitting a lot more than you did over the summer. With this increase in sitting, it can also cause an increase in muscle tightness. Muscle tightness can lead to bad posture, poor body mechanics, pain and soreness.

So how do we keep muscle tightness down, and how do you fit this in your already busy schedule?

Here are 5 stretches that require no equipment, minimal time, and can be completed anywhere!  Whether you are waiting in the carpool lane, halftime at the football game, or during a break at work give these stretches a try and help keep aches and pains away.

Cervical / Neck Stretch

  1. Place one arm behind your back and use your other hand to pull your head downward and towards the opposite side.
  2. Look towards your opposite pocket of the target side.
  3. Repeat this stretch on the other side.
    Hold for 30-60 seconds repeating up to three times.
Cervical neck stretch

  1. Keeping your elbow straight, use one hand to bend the wrist downward as shown.
    Hold this stretch for 30 seconds.
  2. Still keeping your elbow straight, use one hand to band the wrist upward as shown.
    Hold this stretch for 30 seconds.

Seated Hamstring Stretch

While seated, rest your heel on the floor with your knee straight and gently lean forward until a stretch is felt behind your knee/thigh.

Hold stretch for 30-60 seconds repeating up to three times.

Seated Hamstring Stretch

Seated Piriformis Stretch

While seated in a chair, cross one of your legs over the opposite leg. Then, with a flat back, gently lean forward until a stretch is felt in your glutes

Hold stretch for 30-60 seconds repeating up to three times.

seated stretch

Seated Low Back Stretch

While sitting in a chair, slowly bend forward and reach your hands for the floor. Bend your trunk and head forward and down.

Hold stretch for 30-60 seconds repeating up to three times.

Seated Lowback Stretch
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