One stretch you should be doing if you sit at a desk all day.

There's a doctor who's popular on YouTube named Phoenyx Austin.  She specializes in sports medicine, and she says there's one stretch you should be doing at work every day if you have a desk job.

It's a basic yoga move called a "prayer squat".  You're supposed to get up and do it once an hour.  But it's not the type of thing you'll want to do in tight pants or a skirt.  So even doing it at home after work can help.

Here's how you do it:

  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and angled out a little bit.
  • Then, slowly bend your knees, and squat down as low as you can without lifting your heels off the ground. (It might feel weird at first, but it shouldn't be too uncomfortable.  And if it's painful, stop doing it...you're also supposed to keep your back as straight as possible.
  • Put your hands together like you're praying, and press your elbows against the insides of your knees.  Or if you can't balance, put one hand on the floor in front of you.

Apparently it's good because it strengthens your legs, opens your hips, stretches your Achilles and your groin at the same time, and can help with lower back pain.  For more instruction, check out YogaBasics.com

I tried and failed but I'm working on it!