FGL Stretch Break! Desk stretch for chest and shoulders

Today’s Stretch Break! will help you stretch the chest, shoulders and even your wrists.  Today I offer two variations – one from a seated position and one standing. The standing version offers a deeper stretch, the seated version is great for those with back issues who need the support.  You know how you feel, choose the one most appropriate for you (seated version is demonstrated first).  You will need to be seated near a table or desktop for this one. Remember to breathe! And always remember, stretching is feel-good living.

Note: The Stretch Break! series is designed for the average healthy adult. Please always consult a physician before starting any exercise/movement program. If you have back, wrist or shoulder pain/injury these stretches may not be right for you. If you are unsure, please check with your doctor before participating in these exercises.


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  • http://www.jungleoflife.com Lance

    Maybe it shows my lack of stretching…I noticed a nice stretch as well, in my calf muscles….

    Anyway, it was all a feel good moment…

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/workplaceessentials Beth Weisberg

    Thanks, Stacey — that was great! I too often forget to move & stretch while at my desk, and end the day with neck & shoulder pain. If I can remember to do this it will make my day!

  • http://evolvingbeings.com Evita

    Hi Stacey

    These are so good and useful! I realized something doing it, that the wall is too close behind my chair, to do it properly so the second one worked better.
    The second version reminds me of a stand up version of “child’s pose” from yoga. It felt amazing!

    P.S. Love the big mac on your desk. I just recently got one (lap top) and am a very happy convert :)

  • http://allaboutjoy.typepad.com Megan “JoyGirl!” Bord

    Beautiful – I love those stretches!

  • http://staceyshipman.com Stacey Shipman

    Lance – You are too funny!

    Beth – Thanks for stopping by! Yes, so many of us get consumed in our work and forget to take a break (me, too!)

    Megan -thank you!

    Evita – Also a modified Downward facing dog…And when you said, “I love your big mac” I was thinking, “I don’t have a big mac” because my mind instantly thought McDonald’s…talk about branding :-)

  • http://www.purposepowercoaching.com Chris Edgar

    Thanks for this — I’ve always found isometric exercises great — just sitting down and pressing my hands against the floor, whether my legs are in a split or not, is another one that’s a nice deep stretch.

  • http://www.shadesofcrimson.com Davina

    Hi Stacey.
    Stretching doesn’t take a lot of time and yet I resist taking 5 or 10 minutes. I’m going to watch this video; I see there are wrist stretches too and my right one is calling for attention. Thanks.

  • http://staceyshipman.com Stacey Shipman

    Chris – Thanks – there are so many options available to us! It’s important to find what works best for each of us as individuals

    Davina – I hope you enjoyed the video. It is hard to take the time, my goal with these short lessons is to help ease the resistance.

  • http://www.positiveletters.com Hilary

    Hi Stacey .. Got here eventually .. thanks for that – this is the one I need to build into my day – apart from the others too ..

    Good demo .. and so useful for us bloggers .. the videos really help .. short, sweet and to the point .. thank you

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