Get Fit in 15 Minutes: Personal Trainer Reveals the Best Exercise to Soothe Neck Pain
- Nadya Fairweather suggests ‘one-armed flashes’ to ease neck pain
- Nutritionist Lola Biggs recommends drinking herbal tea to boost circulation
- Liz Hemmings unveils a selection of stylish fitness clothes for the workout
WHAT TO DO
To ease neck pain from too much WFH, try “one-armed flashes” with a resistance band, says Nadya Fairweather (u-shape.co.uk).
Use a circular band and start with light or medium resistance. Hold the band in your left hand and insert your right hand into the band.
Keep the elbows at 90 degrees. Slowly open the right arm as if you were opening a jacket and bring it back in with control. Go for 15-20 reps, then repeat on the left side. This is best done standing.
Concentrate on rotating the shoulder joint, opening the chest and using your upper back muscles. Try to do three sets at intervals each day.
Nadya Fairweather suggests ‘one-armed strobes’ with a resistance band to soothe neck pain from too much WFH
WHAT TO EAT
Your diet can also help reduce muscle tension from poor posture, says nutritionist Lola Biggs (togetherhealth.co.uk).
Drink herbal teas to boost circulation, shift lactic acid buildup, and relieve pressure in the upper back and neck. Choose those with ginger or turmeric for pain relief, and chamomile flower or tulsi (Indian basil) to relax.
Reduce discomfort with natural pain-relieving foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as avocados, walnuts, flaxseed and hemp seed. Fish eaters should opt for wild salmon, mackerel or sardines two to three times a week.
Cherries, blackcurrants and blueberries have anti-inflammatory compounds and pigments that can fight muscle pain. Frozen are as good as fresh.
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