Desk Stretch Series – Seated Twist

Peta Serras

by Peta Serras

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We’ve been focusing on our back and I’ve given you a delightful prescription of Pilates movements to get you moving and of course, free from injuries.

A healthy spine is meant to move. If you have a desk job, it’s easy for your main movement to be curling forward. Think stressed and typing hunched over your keyboard, your midday nap or bending down to see if someone left Tim Tam’s in the fridge. That’s called flexion!

Last week we learned an exercise that was extension. Today? We learn rotation!

Often we favour one side and become tight without really noticing. Until we stop and hurt ourselves. Maybe we’re carrying too much in our Birkin. Maybe we learn a little too far to the left in our cubicle to perve on the new man who started. Who knows!

This exercise focuses on even rotation through your spine.

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3. Seated Twist

Healthy spines need rotation. If we are sitting we tend to lean to one side creating tightness to that side of the body. This exercise encourages even rotation through the spine and stretches the muscles in the back and sides of the body

How to do it:

1. Start with the hands on the top of the legs sitting nice and tall. Ensure legs aren’t crossed and feet are planted into the ground.

2. Inhale to prepare and exhale to rotate towards the left. Slide the left hand along your thigh towards your hip. Allow the right hand to reach towards the right knee. Think about being as tall as you possibly can.

3. Inhale to slowly come back to centre. Exhale and repeat to the right. Repeat 8 times each side.

Have you downloaded my free stretching guide yet or are you still being stubborn? Go on, download it here!

desk stretches at work

Peta Serras

Editor of Professional Babe, Peta has a penchant for pretty things, Tom Hardy and ginger kittens. You can find her sipping a long black, creating killer content or making sure her winged eyeliner is even. Peta is a writer, model & Pilates Instructor based out of the Hunter Valley.

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