Sitting all day has been labeled the 'new smoking', taking a significant toll on our health. According to researchers, the average person sits for 9.3 hours daily! This is significantly more than the 7.5 hours of shut-eye that the typical American gets each night! 

It's obvious that the human body was not designed to sit this much, you can discover the full effects sitting for this long is having on your health in this article. 

One of the most simple things we can do to start reversing the effects on our body is by moving our body with some deep beautiful yoga stretches! Keep reading below to try these simple yoga poses. 

1. Downward-Facing Dog 

One of the most well-known yoga poses that's great for stretching our your back in a gentle way while pressing your full hand into the ground and open your chest. 

2. Mountain Pose 

Improve your posture, relieve tension and strengthen your thighs, knees, and ankles. This standing stretch may look simple but it is one of the foundation poses of yoga that will help you balance and posture, helping to reverse the effects of sitting. 

3. Standing Forward Fold 

This pose is a great one for reducing stress and relieving fatigue, encouraging the body to rest in the forward fold while the gravity helps in opening the chest and reversing tightness in the shoulders. 

4. Cat & Cow Pose 

This pose is going to help relieve stress in the body, lower back and sciatica. Great for strengthening the spine and neck while massaging your internal organs and balancing your emotions. 

 5. Half Pigeon Pose 

Pigeon pose is great for opening up our hip flexors which become tight and hold tension when sitting for extended periods of time. This is also great for reducing stress and anxiety. 

6. Child's Pose 

Child's pose helps to stretch out the hips, thighs, and ankles while reducing stress and fatigue. It will gently relax the muscles on the front of the body while softly stretching the muscles on the back of the torso. 

 

Even just 10 minutes of yoga and stretching a day can impact your health in the most positive way. Our ever-growing yoga library inside of Food Matters TV caters for all levels, from beginners to advance. Make yoga and stretching a daily practice with the guidance of Food Matters TV. Start your free 10-day trial here.