Monday, May 20, 2013

Two Exercises You Can Do At Work!

Sitting at a desk all day isn't always fun and it definitely isn't ideal for your body.  Today I am sharing two exercises that will help with flexibility, core and arm strength and get you breathing deeply for a mid-day pick-me-up that doesn't include eating.  It's amazing what a few deep breaths and stretches can do!

Seated Spine Stretch Forward
This classical mat Pilates exercise moves well to seated in a chair.

  • Sit at the edge of your chair, shoulders over hips, arms forward like they are resting on a table top.
  • Inhale.

  • As you exhale, bow your head forward and slide your arms along the imaginary table top, lifting your ribs away from your legs.
  • As you inhale sit tall, stacking the spine.
Repeat 5 times.

Chest Expansion
Open your chest to relieve stress, stretch tight muscles and sit taller.

  • Sit on the edge of your chair, with your arms at your side and inhale.
  • As you exhale take your arms behind you like you are hugging a tree trunk behind your back.
  • Keep your chest and middle lifted and your gaze forward and up slightly.
  • Take 3-5 deep breaths holding this stretch.

These two are great mid-day or anytime you need a brain break.

I hope you are having a good Monday.  Stay tuned for a yummy giveaway later this week plus a new friend for Workout Wednesday and me, in a disposable bikini!  Good times on the way :)  

What are your plans for the week ahead?

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