When you are sitting at your desk for several hours at a time there’s a good chance that you are going to create some muscle imbalances. Today we are going to focus on your shoulder and upper back problem areas. The most common problem is the rounding of your shoulders. They become drawn forward and at the same time you develop weaknesses in the muscles between your shoulder blades. This is also common with new mothers who spend a lot of time carrying their children around.
In the video below I will demonstrate two stretches for the front of your shoulders and chest as well as an exercise to strengthen the muscles between your shoulder blades.
The exercise only requires a light weight. 2 1/2 to 5 pounds is sufficient. Remember to hold the squeeze for two to three seconds and really feel those muscles between your shoulder blades working.
When it comes to the stretches you want to ease into the stretch and hold it for ten relaxing breaths. With each breath try to take the stretch a little further. Don’t fight the stretch… relax and allow the muscles to loosen up.
Feel free to perform this exercise three to five times per week. I recommend that you do the stretches daily.
Give it a try and share your progress and feedback with all of us here.
You ROCK! Enjoy the experience,