Sitting for extended periods, or any other activity that requires repetitive movements, leads to muscle imbalances (muscles that become too short/tight or too long). When we sit for extended periods the muscles that typically become tight are the hip flexor muscles, which are responsible for bringing our thighs closer to our hips, our chest muscles, responsible for reaching forward and typing on the keyboard, and the muscles of the front of our neck, usually used to help us get a closer look at the computer screen.
A really simple solution to minimize tightness throughout the day is to take a stretch break! Set an alarm or recurring reminders on your computer for every 90 minutes to two hours to remind you to stand up and stretch out. Repeat the following three stretches – holding each one for at least 30 seconds – throughout the day to keep you feeling loose and limber:
- Standing Hip Flexor (Front of Hip) Stretch
- Wall Chest Stretch
- Standing Front of Neck Stretch