Has a seemingly endless meeting left certain body parts numb? Has sitting all day at your computer left your back in a knot? Fortunately, there are some simple ways to help alleviate tension, relieve the pain and possibly avoid serious injury.

You mustn’t do all of the following exercises. Instead, simply select the ones that feel best to you. And remember, if you experience pain while doing these, stop!

Neck
Start off sitting up nice and tall. Looking straight ahead, slowly turn your head as far as you can to the right. Try not to hunch your shoulders. Hold for a few seconds, and then return your head back to center. Repeat to the left. Do this exercise several times throughout the day.
Clasp hands behind neck. Tuck chin down slightly. Hold five seconds. Return to upright. Repeat three to five times.
Lower ear toward shoulder. Repeat other side.
Keeping head level, slide chin back making a double chin. Hold two seconds and release.
Place hands just below collar bone. Tilt head toward opposite shoulder, then lift chin slightly. Hold for 10 seconds.
 

Shoulders

Stretch one arm across the chest, keeping it fairly straight and your shoulders relaxed. With the opposite hand holding just above the elbow, press the upper arm into the chest. Hold for 10 to 15 seconds. Repeat on the other side.
Shrug shoulders toward ears, and then rotate them back and down in a circular motion. Repeat three to five times.

Chest
To open up the chest area, place your fingertips on the back of your head behind the ears. Sitting up straight, press your elbows back as far as you can. Hold for a few seconds.

Fingers
Gently open and close hand, stretching your fingers while your hand is in the open position.

Hands
Make gentle fist. Open hand at the first joint while keeping your fingers bent. Open your hand and straighten fingers all the way.



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