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These days we all sit too much, often hunched over a keyboard or a smartphone. Sitting puts our joints into a state of sustained flexion, which tightens the muscles that act on those joints. Sitting also weakens the back muscles and can lead to chronic back pain. 
 
Doing these seven stretches daily can really help. Hold each of these stretches for 30 seconds. Be sure to breathe deeply and consistently.

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