One of the hazards of doing desk work is sitting slouched over a computer all day. This can cause major back pain and lower productivity over the long run. There are a number of ways to counteract slouching, including investing in a adjustable height workstation (like those available from this Houston office furniture dealer). Another way to counteract slouching is to do stretches that loosen pectoral muscles, which can get tight from being constantly contracted. By loosening these muscles, you will be able to sit or stand in a more upright position.

To do bow pose, lay face-down on the floor, preferably on a yoga mat or other comfortable but firm padding. Bend your legs at the knees, bring your feet up into the air behind you. Reach back with each hand and grasp your ankles – right hand to right ankle and left hand to left ankle. Depending on your body, this may be as far s you go. If it’s too intense of a stretch already, you can do one side at a time. You will feel likely feel this stretch both in your pectoral muscles and possibly in the front of your thighs. Hold bow pose for 15 seconds, breathing regularly. Release your feet and slowly lower your legs.

To deepen the stretch in your pectoral muscles, press in the opposite direction of your head with your feet. Counteract Slouching with Bow Pose