Finding enough time to exercise every day is a challenge in itself, but combating the stresses of the day is another.
Demanding jobs and hectic lifestyles have elevated the amount of stress that people endure on a daily basis and is the greatest obstacle to keeping in shape, according to the “Life…supplemented” Healthcare Professionals Impact Study.
“The average American probably doesn’t realize they’re not setting aside enough time to focus on developing and maintaining smart health and wellness habits,” explains Cheryl Forberg, R.D., registered dietitian to NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” and consultant to “Life…supplemented,” a consumer wellness program. “The summer months offer an opportunity to turn this around–by taking advantage of the warmer weather and slowing down with a vacation – both of which can motivate people to embark on the path to good health.”
Well, I too lead a hectic lifestyle and hold down an extremely stressful job that has sent me crying to my registered massage therapist more often than my pocketbook can support. And it was at a recent visit to my RMT that I received the news that my desk job is affecting my posture so much that I am at a great risk of developing osteoarthritis. Could that be why I’m in so much pain? Too many hours hunched over the keyboard?
My RMT explained that I needed to incorporate a serious stretching routine at the end of the day, EVERY DAY, or I was looking at a very painful, hunchback of an old age.
So, I went home and put together this Yoga routine that helps open up the chest and upper back and shoulder area to counterbalance all the hunching over I do. I’m feeling better already and my consumption of aspirin has dwindled considerably. Try it for yourself and experience immediate relief!
Yoga Poses for Computer Neck Rehab
Mountain Pose – standing with feet shoulder-width apart, swing your arms out to the sides for a deep breathe in and bring your arms above your head and hold. Breathe out as you open up your chest and bend backwards. Return to Mountain Pose with a straight spine and hands at the chest in Namaste pose. Repeat for 3 to 6 times.
Mountain Pose with Hands Entwined – standing in Mountain Pose, bring your hands behind you and interlace your fingers with index fingers extended. Pull the shoulders down and open up the chest as you breathe out. Hold for 3 seconds and repeat 3 to 6 times.
Forward Fold with Hands Entwined – from Mountain Pose, bring your arms out to the side to fly down, bending at the waist for Forward Fold, bringing your arms up and forward with hands interlaced as in the above pose and hold the position for 3 seconds. Repeat 3 to 6 times.
Downward Facing Dog – return to standing and form a triangle with your body as you stretch out into Downward Dog. Hold for 3 counts. Repeat 3 to 6 times.
Cobra – lower yourself down into Cobra Pose and extend up into Upward Facing Dog, stretching out through the chest and hold for 3 counts. Lower back into Corbra and transition into…
Locust Pose – bringing your arms down to your sides and lifting your legs slightly off the ground, concentrate on opening the chest. Hold for 3 counts and repeat 3 to 6 times from the beginning of Cobra.
Bow Pose – increase the stretch of Locust by grabbing hold of your ankles and making a bow with your body. Hold for 3 counts and repeat 3 to 6 times.
Upward Plank – flipping over onto your back, raise your body off the floor in Upward Plank with straight legs and arms positioned directly underneath your shoulders. Hold for 3 counts and repeat 3 to 6 times.
Camel Pose – bring yourself onto your knees and reach back for the ankles, opening up the chest. Hold for 3 counts and repeat 3 to 6 times.
Savasana – relax in Savasana for up to 3 minutes.