Active Recovery

This 20-Minute Stretch Routine Will Loosen Every Bit of WFH-Induced Tightness in Your Body

ATM, my list of grievances about aches and pains in my body is growing ever longer, thanks to a less-than-ergonomic work set-up. My hips are tight, my knees have developed a cringe-inducing creaking habit, and my posture is less than what is probably considered ideal. If you're in the same boat, not to worry: East River Pilates' Floss Brolsma has got us covered.

She's put together a 20-minute stretch routine meant to undo the tension that's getting trapped in every nook and cranny. The yoga-inspired series targets every muscle from the top of your head down to your feet, including those that tend to be extra tight, like your hips, hamstrings, and lower back. You'll start on your feet with moves like standing side stretches, rag dolls, and low lunge, then hit the mat to do some twists and chest openers.

According to pros, when you remain in any one position for too long, you're putting increased stress on the tissues around the area, which is why it starts to hurt. And if you're putting stress in that same spot for days on end (as is the case for me during my work hours), well, you could wind up with a pretty painful problem. If possible, to remedy the sitch, be sure you're switching up your body's positioning every 20 minutes or so.

Even if you have mastered the art of the pain-free WFH setup (in which case, I am jealous), we can all benefit from a little stretching at the end of a long day. So go ahead and press play on the video above to try out Brolsma's routine for yourself, and take it from someone who knows: By the end of 20 minutes, aches and pains in that bod will be nothing more than a memory.

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