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Two Minutes to a Healthier You

Desk jobs may not be inherently dangerous, but they sure can do a number on your posture. Whenever I get up from my desk I do a little stretch for my upper back: By clasping my palms together behind me and straightening my arms, my upper back gets a much needed release.

While that trick helps me from feeling too tight during the day, there's something more effective for the long-term that can be done at bedtime. Glamour magazine rounded up some great health tips in their February issue, and according to Ob-gyn Christiane Northrup, M.D., this small posture practice can give you big results in just two minutes. Here's her advice:

Every night before going to sleep, lie on your back and hang your head and shoulders off the bed for up to two minutes. This opens up your chest, increasing blood supply to your lungs and heart, and can help prevent bad posture from hours of hunching over a desk at work.

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lazybones101 lazybones101 7 years
Great tip! What a great release for tight back muscles.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 7 years
TidalWave, hanging my head off the side of my bed would give me a headache too! But I'll try it if it's good for you. When I worked a 9-5 cube job I was in the most pain I've ever been because no matter how much you try to stretch and move around, you can't escape the fact that you spend most of your time sitting! Even retail, wearing heels, and being an assistant kindergarten teacher were less painful.
almostloli almostloli 7 years
instant headache? :O by doing stretches?
Swammer Swammer 7 years
even better, do it on a physio/yoga/pilates ball to avoid neck strain! i do this every night and it feels great!
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
ow! instant headache!
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
ha I do that for fun sometimes...ha.
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