It’s common after a long work day to feel muscle tension, tightness, and aches from prolonged sitting or standing. One of the best things you can do for your body after a long day of work is to stretch it out. Here are some of the best stretches to help extend your body, release some tension, and ease/prevent muscle aches. All of these can be done at home!
Grab a broom or stick, pick it up horizontally, pull it over your head, and slightly back until you feel a stretch in your chest.
I’m sure this has a better name, but this is what I’ll call it. Go over to the kitchen counter, bathroom counter, desk, etc. Bring both of your hands together and hip hinge back. This stretches your chest, shoulders, low back, hamstrings, and calves.
On this one, try to push the heels to the floor, chest to towards the legs, and hips backward. This is a little deeper stretch for the shoulders, low back, hips, hamstrings, and calves.
Sit up straight, push hips forward and squeeze glutes. This is a great stretch for the hips and quads, helping relieve low back and knee pain.
Bring butt towards heels and sink hips back. Brings a deep stretch to the quads and hips, helping relieve low back and knee pain.
Lay on stomach, bring the foot to butt and grab with the opposite hand. Brings a deep stretch to the quad, helping relieve hip tightness and low back and knee pain.
Cross right foot over the left knee. Bring left arm over the right knee. Switch sides. Brings a deep stretch for the low back, helping relieve tightness and pain.
Bring knee to chest, alternating legs. Brings a deep stretch to hips and hamstrings, relieving low back pain and hip tightness.
- Rebecca M.