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WORKING STIFF

For many of us spending several hours each day in front of a computer screen or on the phone is a necessary fact of our working life. The toll it takes on our bodies is just something we learn to cope with.

“Sitting at a desk for eight or more hours a day creates strain in the neck, shoulders, back and hips. Looking at a computer screen can cause headaches and eyestrain; mousing leads to repetitive strain injuries in the wrist, hand and shoulder,” explains Ellen Serber a yoga and Tai Chi Ch’uan instructor based in California.

Once we acknowledge the areas of concern, taking the time to stretch and move around throughout the day can lessen the aches and pains that go along with our sedentary lifestyles.

“The best solution [to avoiding stiffness] is to take frequent breaks from your desk and walk around, swinging the arms to loosen the neck and shoulders, looking into the distance to relax the eyes. You can also incorporate exercises at your desk.” says Serber.

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