Prolonged poor sitting posture is one the most common findings in the office and university setting today. As workers and students dive deep into their work, they tend to find themselves adopting a hunched over “banana-like” posture for a considerable portion of their day. As many of us know and have likely experienced before (myself included), this eventually leads to aches and pains in the neck, upper back and shoulders.
Now you’ve probably heard this all before – and you’ve also been told to sit in the ideal upright posture throughout the day. Shoulders back, chin tucked, face forward, feet planted and so on. But as you know this requires a huge amount of effort both physically and consciously.
Getting up to move the body will do wonders in keeping aching joints and muscles at bay.
Find the time to incorporate mobility exercises into your day to alleviate muscle and joint stiffness.
Through building muscle strength, we will in turn build joint support and stability. Furthermore, eccentric and isometric work will help to improve tendon health and muscle flexibility. All benefits that our body will thank us for in the long run.
Purpose: Improve flexion and extension in the thoracic spine
Load: 3×10 each day
You may do an extra set on the side with less range of motion
Purpose: Improve deep neck flexor strength as well as neck posture
Load: 3×10 each day.
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