I RECENTLY HAD THE PLEASURE OF HANGING OUT WITH KELLY STARRETT AT SAN FRANCISCO CROSSFIT.
For those of you who don’t know Kelly, get out from under your rock and check him out. Co-founder of San Francisco CrossFit and The Ready State (previously MobilityWOD), Kelly was the first to own a CrossFit gym with on-site physical therapy, is the author of the New York Times Best Seller, Becoming a Supple Leopard, and is the first grown man I have ever seen effortlessly glide into the splits. I don’t know whether I’m more impressed or envious.
Rooted in preventative medicine, Kelly realized that 98% of orthopedic injuries could have been avoided if the athlete practiced good movement patterns and mobilized regularly. I know I’m not an Olympic athlete by any means, but my mobility needs are still the same. The Olympic power lifter may need to squat 900 pounds, but I need to be able to get up out of my desk chair every day… same movement patterns.
If you’re like me, you may be sitting at your desk right now with less than ideal posture, and half a cup of lukewarm coffee nearby. My hips are closed and smashed, my chest dropped, and my shoulders are rolled forward… except I totally just fixed those posture faux pas because admitting my sitting position whilst writing this brought my slouching to attention, so thank you.
For many of us, our realities are filled with 40 hours of desk sitting, keyboards to hover over, and little to no time to stretch (except on our all-too-short bathroom breaks—and that’s a whole different type of squatting all together). Many of us 9-5ers complain about hip, knee, shoulder, and back pain. However most, if not all, of these aches and pains can be prevented (seeing a theme here?) by stretching and sending some extra love to these vessels that get us through life (yes, I’m talking about our bodies).
Below, find three easy stretches to alleviate the pains brought by a commuting, desk jobs, or a nasty combination of the two: