So many of us sit hunched over our desks all day — sometimes into the evening too. With our shoulders hunched and our backs bent, we pore over our computer screens with no thought as to the harm that we’re doing to our bodies — and it’s plenty. Most rounding of the back is normal, but kyphosis is a term used to describe an exaggerated rounding of the back. A person with kyphosis may give the appearance of being hunched over. Being in a constant position of leaning forward can make the spine bones more susceptible to a break. It also leads to muscle pain and tension, and can contribute to headaches.
Even if you don’t have clinical kyphosis, there’s plenty reason to start exercising these muscles if you don’t already. As a species, we are the most sedentary we’ve ever been throughout the history of mankind. A sedentary lifestyle can lead to a whole host of problems, some life-threatening. The solution? Get active. While you’re working on that, here are some simple stretches and exercises you can do right at the comfort of your own desk (or at the very least, a few feet from it), to improve your posture and to repair the damage that sitting hunched over can create:
1. The thoracic bridge
2. Chair stretch
3. Hand rotations
4. Head presses
Some suggest that sitting on a stability ball (also known as an exercise ball) will help you improve your posture as well, sits you are constantly engaging your abdominal muscles to maintain your balance. Others say that the lack of armrests actually puts more pressure on your neck and back muscles. Other suggest standing while at work at a standing desk, which is said to help prevent conditions brought on by a sedentary lifestyle, such as obesity and diabetes.
Whichever way you slice it, we all spend a lot of time at the computer these days, and doing some posture exercises can only help improve our general neck and back health.
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