Aug. 19, 2014 at 3:36 PM ET
Consider this: If you’re like most people you spend a good part of your day slumped over a computer.
This tightens up muscles like your hip flexors (those muscles in front of your thighs) and creates rounded shoulders and a shrunken chest. Before you know it your back hurts, your shoulder aches and you feel as if you’ve aged 10 years.
Nip that whole scenario in the bud by doing these three easy stretches every day. Do them after a workout or even while watching TV. Hold each one for 20 to 30 seconds; you should feel a gentle pull (if you feel pain, you’ve stretched too far). There’s only one rule: make sure you don’t bounce—all moves are supposed to be held in complete stillness.
Hip flexor stretch
Lie down so that your right side is at the edge of bed. Let one leg drape over the bed. Bring the other knee to your chest. You should feel a stretch through the front of your hanging leg’s thigh. Repeat on the opposite side.
Stand in a doorway. Reach one arm out (at shoulder height) and bend it at a 45-degree angle. Place your elbow and forearm against the door frame and lean gently into it. Turn your body away from the arm to increase the effect. Switch arms.
Stand and bring your left arm across your body as you bring your right arm in front of it, bending it to “hook” your left arm. Use your right arm to gently pull your left arm in closer to your chest and hold. Repeat with the opposite arm.
Do these simple stretches as part of your daily routine and you’ll feel more flexible and less achy!
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