“Medicine has said that sitting is the new smoking,” remarks Roper St. Francis Healthcare affiliated physical therapist Lauren Moore. “We’re not meant to be sedentary; we’re meant to move around.” But according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, the average U.S. adult spends six and a half hours on their tuchus every day. When we sit for long periods, our joints become stiff and our muscles lose flexibility, among a host of other health problems. When getting up and moving isn’t an option, seated stretches offer a convenient platform to keep the body limber without any equipment beyond the chair in which you sit.
Perfect Form: Hold each stretch for 30 seconds and repeat three times on both sides of the body (unless otherwise noted). *The first two stretches should not be performed by those who have had a total hip replacement.
Get Moving: “I tell patients to perform these stretches at least once daily, though if someone feels that two or three times a day is beneficial, they can certainly be done more often,” says Moore. Try incorporating these positions into your day during phone calls or quick work breaks or when traveling in a car or on an airplane.