- Set a timer at your desk for every 55 minutes. When it goes off, you have to get up and stretch. Better yet, get up and walk around the office for 5 minutes.
- Try to stand as much as possible each day. For example, you can do some office tasks like making phone calls while standing. The added benefit is it tends to make you feel more confident.
- Consider installing an adjustable standing desk. These can be raised so that you work while standing. They can also be lowered down when you really need to sit.
- Since we lean forward to work, our alignment tends to be off. To correct it you'll want to pull the front of your body backward. Retract your head and neck and hold. Pull your shoulders back and down. Sit up straight and align your shoulders over your hips. Keep your feet flat on the floor.
- At lunch, be sure to go for a brisk 20 minute walk followed by some light stretching. You'll be stunned at the difference this makes to your afternoon!
- When you get home, it is important to stretch your hip flexors and gluteal muscles each night. Do them while watching television. They will relax your body and prepare it for sleep.
- To stretch the hip flexors, stand with your feet below your hips. Step your left leg forward and bend both knees. Keep your back upright. Lower down until you feel a lovely stretch in the front of your right hip. Repeat on the other side.
- To stretch your gluteal muscles, sit with both feet flat on the floor. Bring your left leg up and cross the left foot over the right knee. Then grasp your left leg with both hands and gently pull it up towards your body. Keep your back straight. You should feel a stretch in left butt cheek. You can also do this stretch while lying on the floor.