Netflix and... Don't Sit Still!
Published - Apr 24, 2020
Did Netflix ask you if you’re still watching? Have you just finished your 4th straight episode of Tiger King? Does your couch have new indentations from where you (and your popcorn bowl) have been sitting?
It’s time to get up and get some blood flowing to those extremities! Just like working at a desk all day, it is important to get up and stretch every now and then when you’re bingeing all of the new streaming content.
Here are some basic stretches that you can perform after every episode of your show in order to prevent some of that stiffness you may be feeling:
- Standing Lumbar Extension – Standing up straight with your hands on your hips, arch your torso back while keeping your knees straight. Make sure to maintain your balance and hold for approximately 30 seconds. Relax and repeat 3-5 times.
- Doorway Chest Stretch – Find a doorway in your living space, place your hands on the sides of the frame, slide your arms up and step through the doorway until you feel a stretch in your chest. Hold for approximately 30 seconds. Relax, and repeat 3-5 times.
- Lunge with Upper Body Rotation – Cross your arms over your chest, step forward with one leg and lower into a lunge position. Rotate your upper body 90 degrees to the left, hold for 5 seconds, and then return to a forward facing position. Rotate your upper body 90 degrees to the right, hold for 5 seconds, return to a forward facing position, and then stand back up. Repeat this on the opposite leg. Perform this stretch 5-10 times on each leg.
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Basic Stretches Not Enough?
Some of you, like myself, may be finding yourself without a gym to go. Fear not, you do not need to waste away! There are plenty of bodyweight exercises that will make returning to the gym a little less painful.
- Jogging – If you’re not a runner by nature, take baby steps as you introduce small runs into your routine. Increase your goal weekly. One mile jogging around the park is one more mile than sitting on your couch at home.
- Biking – I’d be willing to bet that you’ve got a bike sitting in your garage. Time to oil up the chain on that bike and give it some exercise. (The bike has been cooped up longer than you have!)