They say modern living makes our lives easier, but what toll is this having on our bodies? We spend more time sat at our desks than ever before, often for extended periods without a break. No wonder neck and back pain is on the rise. Here are some exercises you can do at your desk but still remember to get up and move around as often as possible.
- Sitting straight-backed, pull your chin in towards the back of your head (you will have a double chin but your neck will thank you later) keeping your neck and back straight (not tipping your head forwards). Hold and feel the stretch in your neck. Repeat as often as possible.
- Whilst seated, turn your head to one side until you feel a stretch. Hold for 10 seconds, repeat the other side. Repeat 6 times, 3 times a day.
- Sitting with your hands clasped behind your head, bend your head forward until you feel a stretch behind your neck. Gently pull your head further forward. Hold for 5 seconds. Repeat 6 times, 3 times a day.
- Sitting on a chair, hold onto the chair with one hand and lean your head and trunk away from the fixed arm. Repeat with the other side. Repeat 6 times, 3 times a day.