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When temperatures rise, so can humidity levels. More moisture in the air can lead to achy muscles and joints, especially if you’ve upped your activity level. One of the best ways to combat stiff and sore muscles is with proper stretching. Here are a few helpful stretches for you to do throughout the day.

In the mornings:
The Hippie
– Let your head pull you forwards, stretching your arms towards the floor. Bend one knee and hold for 15 seconds, then switch legs.
The Leaning Tower
– Stretch towards the sky! Use your right hand to stretch your left hand further, trying to create the greatest possible distance between you left heel and your left pinkie. Then switch!

During the workday:
Shoulder Stretch
– Place one hand under your elbow and stretch it across your chest. Try not to move the rest of your body while you hold for 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat with the other arm.
Lower Back Stretch
– Sit forward in your chair and bring one knee to your chest. Be careful not to lean forward, keeping your back straight, while you hold your knee there with your hands on the back of your thigh. Hold for 30 seconds and then relax.

Before you hit the hay:
Happy Baby
– Lie on your back, bending your knees to your chest and grab the inside edges of your feet with your hands. Bring your knees out to the sides, lowering them toward your armpits. Keep your heels above your knees, flexing your feet while you gently rock from side to side for 8 to 10 breaths.
Seated Side Bend
– Sit on a pillow in a cross-legged position. Place one hand on the floor next to your hip, bending your elbow slightly. Extend the other arm up towards your ear, stretching your torso to the opposite side. Keep your shoulders down and your butt on the floor while you hold for 8 to 10 breaths. Switch sides!