Seated Back Stretch

Many people with desk jobs know that long periods of sitting can wreak havoc on the back. To help prevent or improve lower back problems, take time out during your workday to perform the seated back stretch. Practice this several times a day, because this exercise can be rejuvenating both physically and mentally.

While seated with your back straight against a chair and your knees bent, curl forward at the waist to bring your head between your knees.

With your head down, relax your stomach muscles and reach toward the floor to stretch your lower back further. Hold this position for several seconds, breathing slowly and evenly. Pull your stomach in as you lower your head, and keep your weight back on your hips.

Come up slowly to a seated position. Take a deep breath (inhale through the nose, exhale through the mouth) to release tension, then repeat.

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