The shoulders are the part of the body where most people hold all their tension. For some reason, we think that the tighter we hold these muscles, the faster we'll work. Unfortunately, holding the shoulders in one position for a long time can compress nerves and impair circulation.
This exercise strengthens and loosens these muscles, all the better to hold up that hard-working noggin. Add some weight by holding a full water bottle in each hand, or use small hand weights. This exercise works best in a chair that has no armrests.
- Sit up in your chair, back straight and abdominal muscles contracted.
- Lift your arms out to the sides until they're parallel to the floor. Hold for 3 seconds. Lower arms.
- Lift your arms out to the front until they're parallel to the floor. Hold for 3 seconds. Lower arms.
- Repeat eight to 10 times.