We’ve all fallen victim to Netflix binges — seven episodes deep into The Office, your body begins sending achy signals to snap out of your trance, ditch the blanket, and get moving.
As easy as it is to ignore these messages, don’t. Pesky neck, shoulder, and back tension will only build as you approach the next hour in your burrito-style swaddle.
So, when Netflix asks if you’re still watching (duh, of course you are), pause to do some dynamic and basic stretching before you hit continue.
Think of it as the seventh inning of a
baseball game TV marathon. To get us started, Paige Hathaway, ACE-certified personal trainer and LIV Body Athlete, has offered up what she refers to as “body thanking” stretches — we really couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
Rolling stimulates the spine and relieves tension throughout the back.
Neck and Shoulder Rolls
When you’ve spent too much time sitting hunched over, your shoulders and neck can start to feel tight.
Seated Forward Fold with Propped Up Hips and Pelvis
Work to open up your hips and lengthen your hamstrings and calves.
Standing Quadriceps Stretch
When practiced regularly, this stretch can help you maintain or improve your range of motion, as well as back pain.
Lunge With a Spinal Twist
Open your hips and improve mid-back mobility with this easy move.
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