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Standing Abdominal Stretch

To help prevent lower back stiffness and counter-balance sitting in a slouched position, take a stretch break every hour.

Exercise:

  1. In a standing position, place your hands, fingers down, on the back of your hips.
  2. Gently lean backward as you lift your chest to the ceiling.
  3. You should feel a mild stretch in the abdominal muscles, and a mild pressure in the lower back area.
  4. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds.

Performance tips:

  1. Instead of just arching the lower back, think of lifting the chest to the ceiling.
  2. Continue to breathe as you hold the stretch.
  3. If you have any kind of lower back problem, please consult your doctor first before doing this stretch.

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