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Strike a pose
By Elana Bos 11/05/2016 2:00:00 pm Comments

Even if you sit with perfect posture all day, there are always distractions.

While working on the computer you may easily drift away from the task at hand into the infinite world of online information, social media or shopping.

Transform these ​habits into good ones that serve you, because there is a difference between distracting yourself and truly relieving stress.

Staring at a computer screen for hours makes your hips really tight and puts stress on the back.
Next time you find yourself bogged down with emails or to-dos with no motivation to dive in and get the job done, take a posture break to disconnect from the computer screen.
Take regular stretch breaks to clear your mind, release tension in the hips, and strengthen the back. Return to work refreshed, recharged, and inspired.

Here is an easy pose to start off with.

 

Standing forward fold pose

​Forward Fold poses stretch the calf muscles, hamstrings, hips, lower back and spine​.

​It ​will help boost blood flow to the brain, improving concentration.​

 

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart, f​old forward from the hips with straight legs.
  • Before folding in towards the thighs, on an inhalation open the chest and stretch out the entire back.
  • With an exhalation, fold deeper and place your hands on your shins, next to the feet or hold your calves.
  • Draw the navel in towards the spine to protect the lower spine and create space in order to fold in towards the thighs.
  • Engage the thighs (the quadriceps) and press your big toes down.

 

Stay here for 10 deep breaths.

​Inhale back to standing.​

 

A variation to release tension from the shoulders

  • Interlace your hands behind your back (If that feels too tight grab a strap or something similar to hold).
  • Inhale as you straighten your arms.
  • Exhale deeply as you fold forward and gently allow your arms to release forward.
  • Relax your head, neck and shoulders.

 

Stay here for 10 breaths.

Rise up slowly and release the arms.

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