Next time you're hanging out with a cat, observe how it changes from a lying/curled position to a walking position. When the cat stretches on all fours, take notice of its stretching movements:

  1. it arches its back upwards and
  2. it stretches its front legs in front of its body.

Try these yoga-inspired stretches after lying or sitting for long periods of time:

  1. The arch. Get on your hands and knees with your back straight. Then slowly arch your back and pelvis upward while at the same time tucking in your chin toward your chest. Hold your back in a rounded position for several seconds, and then return to your starting position. Repeat.
  2. The arm stretch. Starting on your hands and knees with your back straight, slowly sink backwards until your buttocks are resting on your knees. As you move back, lower your head and continue to face the floor. Hold for several seconds. Repeat.

IMPORTANT: Never force stretches that cause you pain.