Poor posture is a challenge many struggle with. We are constantly sitting at our desks (especially with so many of us are working from home), we are frequently on our phones, and when stressed, human nature is to look at the ground instead of looking up!
Why is this important?
When we look down, this puts pressure on our necks. Our heads weigh about the same as a bowling ball. When we keep our heads up, the weight of that bowling ball is supported over our bodies.
But imagine when we lean forward…. Imagine the weight of that bowling ball pulling our necks forward and straining those muscles.
Now imagine this happening a little bit, every single day of your life. Do you see how this can strain the muscles, joints, and ligaments in your neck? This stress can be so severe that it can lead to headaches or numbness and tingling in the arms and hands.
So what can you do about it? Here are some easy tips.
1. Practice sitting or standing like a soldier (just visualize it). Your chest should be sticking out. Your head should be level and not looking down.
2. Practice chin tucks. This means to retract (pull back) your head so that your chin is going inward. Hold this position for 5-10 seconds. Repeat.
3. Practice extension exercises. This means to extend your neck so that your head is facing the ceiling. Hold for 5-10 seconds and repeat. This stretch should feel good and relax your neck muscles. If this simple movement is painful, then there is something bigger going on in your neck.
4. Finally, get out of your head and your computer! This means, take a step back from technology, do some easy and deep breathing, and just look at your environment around you. Sometimes the simply task of slowing yourself down will help reset your body positioning, and help you realize how much strain you are putting on your body.
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