Move back from your desk and focus on your breathing. Take a moment to use this muscle activation technique to stimulate the diaphragm (our number 1 muscle for breathing, which is often restricted in poor sitting positions): Press your fingers on to your lowest ribs a few inches away from the centre of your torso and make small circular movements. Move along the ribs towards the centre, and then work your way all the way up to the top of the sternum (chest bone). You may find some tender spots – an indication that the diaphragm is a little shut down. Then take three deep breaths, in through the nose, out through the mouth and try to make all the movement in the belly and none in the chest. Feel each full out-breath release you from the tension of the day, and each deep in-breath refresh and strengthen you. When you sit down again try to sit in an upright position to leave space and freedom for the diaphragm to move. Try to take regular pauses through the day to breathe deeply.
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