Ten minutes a day is all we need to relieve stiffness.
As we add up on years, we tend to get stiffer, or it may be our sedentary lifestyle that contributes a great deal to get stiffed neck, arms or shoulders. I know there’re people who will exclaim that they have a busy lifestyle all day long. but the problem is that even if we’ve a job or many things to tackle during the day, this won’t help us to have flexible joints and neck, particularly for those people who work in offices typing on a computer. We’ll achieve to be more flexible by doing certain exercises on a daily basis. Ten minutes every day works out better than a lot of time once in a blue moon.
The exercise on photograph are good ones to do first thing in the morning and late at night before going to be and just 10 minutes will be enough.
1. Sit straight up. 2. Move your head gently up and then down. 3. In the same position, turn your head one side and then to the other side. 4. Bend your neck on one side and then on to the other side. 5. To end, do a circle, using your neck.
This exercise will also be appropriate for the eyes, and it’s what an ophthalmologist will ask us to do.
Sitting straight up and without moving your body and head, look to the right hand side and then to left hand one. Look up and then down. Roll your eyes in all directions. Always do them very gently, because doing these exercises may make us bit dizzy.
SEVEN WEEKS ON A SLING
I’ve been wearing a sling for seven weeks, not being able to move my right arm and shoulder and I do know realise how harmful complete immobility can be for anyone regardless age.
On the first day when I removed the sling, I felt my arm stiffed and I could hardly do anything that meant to stretch it such as light the oven or grill, brush my teeth or hair. I, then, thought of these people that hardly move or stretch. I thought of those who rather lay in on the sofa for hours on end, instead of walking or doing exercises to avoid stiffness and to get more flexible limbs or neck.
EXERCISES I HAVE LEARNT
The exercises I’ve to do on a daily basis are very simple and useful to keep a flexible body, especially as regards stretching.
1. Work on Pole -up and down and as high as one can make it. If it’s sore, stop it. Then, stretch your arms, holding on the poles and open them up as though you were opening your overcoat. Count to five and back to the same position. 2. Wrap your hand with a dry cloth to slide it up on a wall or door and see how high you reach to. Laying on a sofa or better still on the bed, looking up, take a sweeping brush or umbrella and lift it with both hands up and down. When you are up, count five and put it down gently. Repeat for 10 times. Should it be sore when you put it down, bend your elbows slightly.
I’m a lot better, but I will definitely continue doing them as part of my lifestyle, remembering that we tend to lose what we don’t use.
(C) Copyright. Vicky Pino. January 31st., 2013.