Many of us sit all day, managing the world at our fingertips with no more effort than making a few keystrokes. Because of so many conveniences, it takes a conscious effort to maintain a healthy weight, some measure of physical fitness and a level of flexibility that allows us to perform daily tasks without strain or injury.
Stretching exercises can improve posture and are an effective preventative for strained or chronically sore backs — one of the most common complaints among adults.
Spend a few minutes walking in place with gently swinging arms to get the blood flowing before doing the exercises below. All movements should be done slowly, to the point where you feel a gentle, pleasant tension in the muscle being stretched. Hold each position for 15 to 30 seconds. Relax and breathe easily through the nose. Never bounce as you hold a stretch. If you feel pain, stop immediately.