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Desk stretches help prevent pain and stiffness. See how they're done.
Do you work at a desk all day? To prevent or reduce stiffness and pain, try simple desk stretches.
If you work at a desk or computer for long stretches of time, you might place excessive stress on certain muscles. As a result, you're likely to get stiff and sore — unless you take frequent breaks for physical activity.
Breaking up your workday with stretches and other physical activities can help keep you comfortable while you work. You can stretch while you're seated at your desk or standing in your workspace. You might even be able to stretch while you're participating in a conference call or other workplace activities. You don't need special equipment to stretch, and you won't break a sweat — yet the results can be powerful.
Watch these videos on specific desk stretches to understand proper form and technique.
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