If like me, you tend to spend the majority of your day sitting down, be it at your desk, in the car, or on the couch, you may likely experience a soreness in the neck, chest, back and especially in the shoulders, which tend to stiffen up and droop in. But the following four simple stretches will help remedy your slouched posture and tight shoulders.
Do this: Hold each stretch for 30 seconds. The simple routine will only set you back 4 minutes. Do the stretches once a day, most days of the week.
A: This stretch opens the chest and shoulders. Stand in a doorway and with one hand, grip the door frame slightly below shoulder height (as shown in the image). Keep your palm facing forward and hook your fingers around the frame. Pivot your body away from the doorway until you feel a gentle stretch in the chest and shoulder. Breathe deeply while holding for 30 seconds.
B: This stretch opens the back and the shoulders. Keep the same grip you established in the previous stretch, but this time, pivot your body the other way - turning in, toward the doorway (as shown in the second image). Shift your body slightly out until you feel a gentle stretch in the upper back and shoulder. Breathe deeply and hold the stretch for 30 seconds.
Repeat both stretches on the other side.
Photos: prevention.com, Brook Benten