Incorporating strength exercises that target your upper back and neck muscles may relieve neck stiffness and pain, increase your mobility and reduce the symptoms of muscle loss and arthritis. The practical application? Turning your head to see what's behind you. To strengthen these muscles, grab your resistance band and try a cervical extension neck exercise.
While this can be either done in a standing or seated position, be aware of your head and neck position -- you want to keep your head and neck straight and your chin slightly tucked in.
- Wrap your resistance band around the back of your head and hold its ends in front of your face.
- Bend your elbows.
- Slowly and gently, extend your arms and stretch the band forward -- do not bend your neck.
- Slowly bend your elbows, and repeat.