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At-Home Desk Exercises You Can Do Quickly While Sitting

Before you sit, think about how much harm you may be doing to your health. Nearly 70 percent of full-time workers hate sitting, but 86 percent do it anyway, according to a survey. Between your neck tilted downward staring at your phone or computer screen or your shoulders hunched over while typing, being tied to your desk all week can take a massive toll on your posture, focus and health.

Keeping mobility in your spine and hips is crucial. Bad fascia builds up like scar tissue in the body when it’s not in motion, creating stiffness and poor posture.

“Work used to include more physical activity, now it mostly consists of sitting,” says AntiGravity Fitness Founder Christopher Harrison.Remember that your hip girdle is meant to tilt, and if you don’t use it, you will lose it. You are only as young as your spine is flexible and your mind is open.”

Take a break. Get up and walk around. If you’re stuck on a call or need a little bit of alignment adjustments, give these exercises a try that Harrison suggests.

Hip Tilts

Arched Tilt

Sitting tall with hands on knees, stick your belly out. Tugging gently with your hands, pull your belly button down towards the floor, forcing the hips to tilt forward and the lumbar spine to arch.

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Concave Tilt

Relax your hands. Contract your spine, and pull your belly button in towards your back, rocking into a concave position with your lumbar spine.

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Spinal Undulation

Sit tall on the edge of your chair with your hands on your knees. Press your chin to your chest and roll down through your spine, articulating every vertebra. When you get to the bottom (head to desk), stay there, and pull the navel in while contracting the spine for three deep breaths.

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Spinal Twist

Place your right leg over your left. Reach your left arm under your right knee. Twist your chest to the right and reach your right arm behind your chair.  Look over your right shoulder. Hold for three deep breaths. Repeat on the other side.

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Fara Rosenzweig

Fara Rosenzweig

Fara Rosenzweig is a writer, editor, and certified personal trainer. She got her first taste of the gym at age 14 and fell in love with the fitness crowd. After suffering a back injury her freshman year of college, she had to set her ballet slippers aside and rehab her back. That’s when she found her passion for teaching fitness and helping others challenge themselves. Her senior year of college she ran in her first 5K and traded her ballet slippers for the latest (and brightest) pair of running shoes. Fara loves talking health, sports and fitness with any one and everyone. Her love for storytelling earned her an Emmy Award and has been seen in many other publications, such as Refinery29, Active.com, MyFitnessPal and Health.