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It’s said that we will spend one third of our life at work. No matter how much time we’re spending at our 9 to 5 job, our bodies are not made to be sedentary for that length of time. As a mom, you’re constantly chasing after kids, picking up toddlers and toys, and quickly reacting to the could-be devastating acts of everyday life (like a pacifier falling on the ground). Sitting at a desk all day does little to prepare you for the activities of normal life. Keep your muscles and joints loose with some of these desk stretches. Hold each stretch for 20-30 seconds for maximum effect and repeat as many times as your body needs throughout the day.

1. Body Twists: Cross your left leg over your right and twist your body to the left. Hold and breathe trying to deepen the twist before unwinding yourself back to a neutral position. Before repeating on the other side, remember to sit up tall with your shoulders pulled back to realign your spine. Keep your back from getting tight because you’re sure to have a little one to run around with as soon as you get home.

2. Torso Stretch: Remember those arms and shoulders too. Use your right hand to grab your left wrist. Lift both arms up above your head and lean to the right, stretching into the side of your body, lengthening your triceps and forearms. Arms and shoulders are a mom’s best friend so make sure you stretch them out daily.

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3. Heel Drivers: If you have a stool available, great, if not, use your desk trashcan. Prop up each leg separately and flex your foot so the heel is pushing away from you. Lean over your body, but be sure to bend at the waist rather than the upper back so you get the most benefit from this stretch. It’s absolutely necessary to keep the blood flowing in your legs if you have a desk job. (photo credit here)

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As a mom, you need to be ready to take on the world the second you walk through the door and these desk exercises will help you feel good and do your best.