We know that prolonged sitting at a computer or your video conference meetings takes a toll on your lower back, but did you know that it can be affecting your neck and shoulder health too? If you visualize poor sitting posture, imagine a back making a ‘C’ shaped curve with rounded shoulders. The result of this slumped forward position is undue tension on your shoulders and neck, which in turn leads to an increase stress on the spine and rotator cuff muscles.
Addressing correct sitting posture and incorporating upper body exercises into your fitness routine will help to ensure your neck and shoulders aren’t affected long hours at the computer. In a prior blog post, we shared the proper workstation setup and exercises to help stretch your lower back. Taking frequent breaks and incorporating lower back and upper body exercises will help keep you feeling refreshed and comfortable during long hours in front of the computer.
While standing with your back and head against a wall, place your arms and back of your hands against the wall in a field goal position. Slowly raise and lower your arms by sliding them up the wall over your head and back to the starting position. You should feel your shoulder blades squeezing to maintain this position. Perform 21 repetition.