This week’s exercise is a simple seated stretch. Being at home more often, people are likely finding that their time sitting down has drastically increased. While sitting too much has been found to be tied to health risks, sitting doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be inactive. Stretches and other seated exercises can help keep your body active and limber. When possible, you can even take a chair outside and complete these movements outdoors to also enjoy the fresh air.
-Sit in a chair so that your feet are flat on the ground, with one extended slightly ahead of the other.
-Raise your arms above your head and steadily reach down and forward towards your extended foot. If you are able to, touch your toes- but if you aren’t able to comfortably, over time your agility will increase and you can slowly work towards that. Do not force the movement!
-Hold for two counts and slowly return to the original position
-Bring your arms down to your sides
-Raise your arms above your head again and repeat the entire series of motions.
-Complete 8-12 repetitions.
Please speak to your provider before starting any new exercise regimen.