In the video, Clara Baini, physical therapist and founder of Good Day Pilates, takes you through a gentle series of movements that help your body recover from a long day of sitting. First up: Your hip flexors."If you're someone who sits at a desk all day, those hip flexors tend to get short and tight," Baini says. You start the workout laying down on your back—always a plus—and move into some bridging. When you get to the top of those bridges, "Think about creating space between each vertebra, finding that really lovely spinal articulation, and also really focusing on the opening at the front of the hips," says Baini.
The workout also contains exercises that can help loosen up your neck and back, including one move Baini calls out for being "really nice if you sit at a desk all day." And during another one of the movements, she says, "You just feel how the small muscles that sit next to the spine will start to open up a little." If you, like me, are now hyper-aware of how tight your muscles feel, press play on the video above for an instant release.
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