As many of you have probably already experienced, sitting for long periods of time often causes muscular imbalances that result in chronic neck or back pain. As most Americans now face an extended period of remote work and at-home isolation, we’ll all be spending a lot more time sitting than we usually do – a trend that will no doubt start to take its toll on our bodies if we aren’t careful.
I work with a lot of people who spend 8+ hours every day sitting at a desk and have chronic neck and back pain, rounded shoulders, and tight hips, and almost all of them seem to think that working a desk job means you’re resigned to this kind of pain and imbalance. The reality is that you can do a few exercises every day and help your body reverse the impact of constant sitting – especially by focusing on improving your upper body mobility and posture, core strength, and glute activation. Here’s what we recommend: