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Fit Friday: Feeling "Stuck" at Work?

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- Sitting for eight hours a day can literally leave you feeling stuck at work.

"You can get stuck in that position, so your muscles can adapt to that position in a negative fashion," said Snap Fitness trainer Harrison Pollack.

A good cure for that is as simple as getting up and taking a walk every once in awhile. But what do you do if you're still experiencing things like back pain or stiffness in your hips? Pollack has five simple exercises that can help.

"One of the most simple ones you can do, if you're at a desk position, just open up your shoulders, sitting back and stretching, counter-acting that hunched over positioning," Pollack said.

Next is a basic hip flexor stretch. Simply take a lunge and hold it to elongate the muscles that are constantly contracted while sitting. Holding a plank position for 10-15 seconds should have a similar effect for your core. Just be careful not to strain your lower back. Pollack says doing a few "cat-cowl" exercises to flex the lower back and holding what's known as a glute-bridge will also help counter-act the negatives of extended sitting.

All of these exercises take minimal space and movement. However, if you're concerned about looking silly in front of your co-workers, at least consider taking a few steps toward better fitness.

Pollack said, "Unfortunately when you're sitting for eight hours a day, very similar to muscles, if you don't use it, you lose it. So, you lose bone mineral density along with that. Just getting up and walking can enhance that and make your bones stronger."

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