The seated side bend stretch is yoga-inspired that targets the muscles of the body, including the obliques and the intercostal muscles. The stretch is performed by sitting on the chair and you can easily incorporate this simple stretch routine to do during your mid-day break. It can help to improve flexibility and tightness in the side body muscles and enhance posture. It is commonly used in yoga for stretching.

Equipment: No equipment

Level: Beginners to advanced

Works on muscles: Side body, Obliques, Intercostal

For additional videos see our fundamental exercises guide.

O’Coach Free Tip

  • Keep your arms straight
  • Make sure you feel the muscles stretch gently
  • Go as far as it feels comfortable

How to perform Side Bend Stretch correctly:

Boy is doing Seated Side Bend Stretch

Step 1:

Raise your arms above your head

Tip: Keep your arms straight

Step 2:

Slowly bend your body to the left and then to the right and repeat this movement a few times

Tip: Make sure you feel the muscles stretch gently

Boy is doing Seated Side Bend Stretch

Benefits of performing Side Bends daily:

Side bends are an excellent exercise to increase mobility, and improve flexibility. Regular practice of this yoga posture will also provide the following benefits:

  • Improves posture
  • Reduces back pain
  • Reduces neck pain
  • Corrects rounded shoulders
  • Increases overall flexibility
  • Reduces muscle tension

Why is adding Seated Side Bend Stretch to the routine important?

Poor posture is common among working professionals who spend long hours sitting at a desk causing stiffness in the spine, which can lead to back pain. Side Bend Stretch can help improve posture by stretching the muscles in the back and shoulders, which can help correct the rounded shoulders and hunched posture that can result from prolonged sitting.

All you need are two simple tools.

Your 2 mins time and The O’Coach app

Adding this quick, 2-minute exercise to your routine with the O’Coach app can help you improve posture and reduces neck pain. We know working professionals find it hard to manage their workouts during their busy office hours. However, there is no need to worry now!! O’Coach assists you in managing your customized workout routine to perform during your hectic office hours.

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2 mins Seated Side Bends with O’Coach app:

Incorporate a 2- 5 mins Seated Side Bend Stretch into your daily routine with the O’Coach app. To add this workout to your daily routine, you can create your own custom workout routine as per your needs or preferences or simply download the exercise.

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