All posts by Maryann Berry

How to Do an Amazing Upper Back and Shoulder Stretch

How to Do an Amazing Upper Back and Shoulder Stretch

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If you are dealing with chronic tension in the upper back and shoulders, give this upper back and shoulder stretch a try. Performing this stretch will challenge the muscles of the shoulder joints and upper back, leaving you feeling taller, more open, and with improved mobility in your shoulders.

You can do this stretch any time it feels like it would help.…

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How to Break up Your Workday with a Simple Total Body Reset

How to Break up Your Workday with a Simple Total Body Reset

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If you work at a desk or sit for long periods, breaking up your workday with frequent movement is one of the most important things you can do for your body. This series of exercises, called “the total body reset,” is a quick and accessible way to accomplish that goal.

While it takes only a few minutes and requires no equipment, the total body reset will stimulate circulation throughout your body while “resetting” your hips, spine, and neck.…

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3 Standing Stretches to Boost the Health of Your Workday

3 Standing Exercises to Boost the Health of Your Workday

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The three standing exercises demonstrated in this video — standing gluteal contractions, standing shoulder stretch, and standing shoulder circles — can be done almost anywhere. These exercises will help to reset your balance and posture after an extended period of sitting.

In just a few minutes, you’ll re-awaken your glutes and open up your shoulders, relieving much of the physical strain of a long day at your desk.…

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3 Simple Seated Stretches You Can Do at Your Desk

3 Simple Seated Stretches You Can Do at Your Desk

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The three simple seated stretches demonstrated in this video — pelvic tilts, heel-toe raises, and seated twists — can be done right in your office chair. These seated stretches will improve your circulation and range of motion, leaving you feeling more energized and awake.

While nothing can make sitting all day good for you, spending a few minutes a few times a day following along with this video can make a big difference in how you feel at the end of the day.…

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How to Relieve Hip and Low Back Tension with Hip Crossover Stretch

How to Relieve Hip and Low Back Tension with Hip Crossover Stretch

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This stretch — called the hip crossover stretch — targets the muscles of the outer hip and low back. If you experience chronic tension or pain in these areas, the hip crossover stretch can be a great way to restore mobility and function to the hips and low back.

Keep in mind the benefits of hip crossover stretch come from getting into the correct position and breathing as you do the stretch.…

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How to Unstick Your Chronically Tight Hamstrings

How to Unstick Your Chronically Tight Hamstrings

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If you have been stuck with chronically tight hamstrings, and you have been stretching and not seeing results — you may want to give this flexibility hack a try.

The two exercises shown in this video are targeted toward changing the position of the load-bearing joints throughout the body (shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles). By improving the position of the body, we are setting your hamstrings up to be able to function better — instantly!…

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How to Fix Foot, Ankle, and Shin Pain with 2 Simple Foot Exercises

How to Fix Foot, Ankle, and Shin Pain with 2 Simple Foot Exercises

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Today, I’m going to teach you two foot exercises: foot circles and point flexes. Doing these foot exercises strengthens the muscles of the foot and lower leg, improves foot and ankle mobility, and helps promote circulation throughout the body.

If you do these foot exercises regularly, they can help reduce stiffness and pain in the feet, ankles, and shins. But the benefits of these foot exercises go far beyond the foot, ankle, and lower leg.…

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How to Do the Wall Stretch: Relieve Neck and Shoulder Tension

How to Relieve Neck and Shoulder Tension with the Wall Stretch

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The wall stretch can provide quick and effective relief to your shoulders and neck. It’s a great exercise to do if you’ve been sitting a lot or doing computer work.

Doing the wall stretch can even help revive you when you hit that sleepy spot in the afternoon. (I know you know what I mean!) Take a break from your work sometime today and try this stretch — you’ll feel better for it.…

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How to Do Crunches the Right Way

How to Do Crunches the Right Way

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Crunches are one of those exercises that frequently and easily get butchered when performed the traditional way. I often see people do crunches by rounding their head and upper back forward and curling into a ball. That curling motion puts a ton of stress on your head, neck, shoulders, and lower back. Not to mention, this form of crunches often doesn’t even properly engage the abdominal muscles.…

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How to Build Strength and Coordination with the Bear Crawl

How to Build Strength and Coordination with the Bear Crawl

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Try the bear crawl for an awesome total-body workout that gets your heart rate going. You might be surprised how well this works your body from head to toe. The bear crawl is also a great brain activity because you’re moving opposite sides of your body in coordination with each other.

While this exercise is “simple,” it is not easy. It’s going to work your shoulders, core, and legs, as well as your cardiovascular system.…

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How to Do Stork Walks (for Better Balance and Hip Strength)

How to Do Stork Walks (for Better Balance and Hip Strength)

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Stork walks are a super simple way to work your hips and core — which are critical to better balance. And better balance is the key to everything from athletic performance to a long, healthy, and independent life.

Plus, stork walks might just be more challenging than you think!

You can use stork walks as a warm-up before a workout. Or, try the stork walks at your office as a break from sitting at your desk.…

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