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Sitting with notebook computerPeople who work at their desks all day tend to stay in one position for a long time. The exercises in these two videos are designed to counter the effects of sitting at your desk.

We suggest that you start with Stage 1 below and then move on to Stage 2. Each video will fit nicely into your work break or active break.

You may view the Stretching @ Your Desk video by using YouTube or streaming video (.mov), or saving the file (.wmv).

What’s in This Section for You?

videos on YouTube
Stage 1a: Introducing the Exercises (6 minutes) stage 1a
(13 MB)
Stage 1b: Introducing the Exercises (4 minutes) stage 1b
(11 MB)
Stage 2a: Stretching in Your Office (8 minutes) stage 2a
(13 MB)
Stage 2b: Stretching in Your Office (6 minutes) stage 2b
(11 MB)
Stage 2c: Stretching in Your Office (7 minutes) stage 2c .wmv
(10 MB)
To play the .MOV files, download a free version of QuickTime, Real Player or VideoLan.

To play the .WMV files, use Windows Media player. With a high speed connection, it will take about 30 seconds to download one file.

Stretching Instructor

Lindsay Wright has a Bachelor of Physical Education and Recreation and is a Certified Fitness Consultant. She is also the Be Fit For Life Coordinator at the Provincial Fitness Unit (University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta).


Becoming more physically active is very safe for most people, but if you aren't sure, the PAR-Q will tell you if you should check with your doctor before you start.

Information on this site should not be used in the place of medical advice, instruction, diagnosis or treatment. If you have specific questions, please consult your physician or appropriate healthcare professional.

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