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.