Fight shoulder slump

We spend a good part of our day in a chair. And our posture – especially our neck and shoulders – are starting to show it. All that slumping toward the computer monitor makes us look old. And seriously, we don’t need any extra help with that.

Join us in fighting against the slump. This little exercise – really a bit of desk yoga – helps release tension in the chest, neck, and shoulders by moving in the opposite direction – stretching backward instead of slumping forward.

  1. Sit near the front of your chair.
  2. Place your forearms on the armrests of your chair with your palms down. Place your feet flat on the floor. Anchor your arms and feet into the chair and the floor.
  3. Then lift your sternum-the bone at the center of your chest-up toward the ceiling. Let your neck relax and allow your head to fall gently back.
  4. Take several slow, deep breaths.

When you’re ready to come back to the starting position, first move your shoulders forward over your ribs. Then bring your head back up slowly. Enjoy the feeling of balance between forward and backward.

If your posture starts slumping again, just repeat.

 

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