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Fursie’s top five exercises you can do at your desk.
Sitting for extended periods of time can be harmful in various ways from muscle degeneration, to a stiff spine, to a strained neck and poor blood flow.

Alternating between standing and sitting is a great way to start getting the blood flowing, as well as taking short walks around the office, but if you’re really restricted to your desk, try these exercises: 

 

1. Tight hamstrings? Let loose with a seated hamstring stretch 

* While sitting at the edge of a chair, straighten one leg in front of your body with your heel on the floor. 

* Now, sit up straight and try pushing your navel towards your thigh without leaning the trunk of your body forwards. 

* Repeat with the other leg.

2. Lower back pain? Can’t squat? Tight hips? Make a change with a standing hip flexor stretch 

* Start standing straight up and place your legs into a split stance (one forward, one rear). 

* Then, slowly lunge forward by bending your front leg. With your chest high, straighten your hip of your rear leg by pushing forward. Hold the stretch. 

* Repeat with the other side.

3. Rounded shoulders? Hunched forward? Stretch those pecs, back and shoulders with a seated chest stretch 

* Start sitting straight up. Place your hands behind your head and try to pull your elbows towards each other behind your head. 

* Then, slightly lean backwards to stretch the thoracic spine. 

 

4. Tight glutes? Lengthen those muscles with a seated glute stretch 

* Sit on a chair or the end of a bench and cross your legs with the outside of your ankle resting on your lower thigh. 

* Then, push your knee downward and hold the stretch. 

* Repeat with the opposite side. 

 

5. Stiff back? Stretch your lats and back muscles with a Reach for the Stars stretch 

* Interlace your fingers and reach up towards the sky as high as you can, keeping your palms facing up towards the ceiling. 

* Then, lean slightly left and then right to target different areas.

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