Day 48: Neck exercises for weary accountants

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Today's office exercises will help alleviate the muscle tension in the neck, shoulders, and back that comes from sitting for many long hours at a desk. Each of these exercises is done while you are seated at your desk.

Warm up

Step 1: Tilt your head toward the right, bending your right ear toward your right shoulder.

Step 2: Hold for 5-10 seconds.

Step 3: Lower your chin so that it is points toward your chest and you are looking down toward your legs.

Step 4: Hold for 5-10 seconds.

Step 5: Now tilt your head so the left ear is leaning toward the left shoulder.

Step 6: Hold for 5-10 seconds.

Step 7: Drop your chin to your chest again.

Step 8: Rotate your head from the left ear to the right ear in one smooth movement.

Chin tucks

Step 1: Start with your head up straight.

Step 2: Drop your chin to your chest.

Step 3: Hold for 5 seconds.

Step 4: Return your head to the upright position.

Step 5: Repeat 5 times.

Tighten and relax muscles

Step 1: Start with your head up straight, body relaxed.

Step 2: Inhale.

Step 3: Try to tighten and tense all of your neck and shoulder muscles, bringing your shoulders up close to your ears.

Step 4: Hold for 5-10 seconds.

Step 5: Exhale, and allow all of your muscles to relax and your shoulders to drop to a normal position.

Step 6: Repeat several times, concentrating on the total relaxation at the end of each repetition.

These exercises were suggested by eHow Health.

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