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If you've spent most of the day of looking down at your desk, you've probably already taken some mini-breaks just to lean back in your chair and stretch. Here's an exercise that will help relieve the tension in your neck and also help build strength in the neck and upper back muscles.

Gail Perry
Neck resistance
Today's quick office exercise is designed to increase the strength of your neck muscles. According to Livestrong.com, stretches that utilize resistance provide stress relief, mobility, and range-of-motion. Maintaining good flexibility is important for overall well-being and posture, as well as to relieve tension and tightness in the neck, head, and between the shoulder blades.
  1. Sitting upright in your chair, place your hands palm down on your forehead with your fingertips touching in the center of your forehead.
  2. Lean back so you are looking up at the ceiling.
  3. Over the course of about 10 seconds, bend your head forward until your chin is on your chest, all the while pushing backward with your hands.
  4. Bring your neck back to a neutral position and take a few breaths.
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