Dear Lifehacker, I've never been very flexible. I can't touch my toes and most yoga poses are a struggle. What are the least stretches needed, and most effective, to improve flexibility throughout my whole body?
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Neck pain and poor posture come from a myriad of problems, and looking down at your phone constantly may be one trigger. In her video, Doctor Jo, DPT and a licensed physical therapist, suggests a couple of neck stretches to help counter the effects of all that texting and reading Lifehacker on your phone.
The reasons for feeling discomfort along your back are pretty complex, but too much sitting or staying in one position for too long can be among the modern-day culprits. If your back feels stiff and lacks flexibility (especially in your upper back), try out these stretches from the bendy folks at GMB Fitness.
If you have trouble figuring out the best way to stretch a particular muscle, try this chart that has a huge range of stretches for each body part. The stretches are arranged into easy, medium and hard categories, so if the stretches you know don't quite hit the spot, you should be able to find a good alternative.
Breaking up long hours of sitting with stretching or walking breaks sounds very nice in theory, but putting it into practice is easier said than done. Well, here's a yoga routine that takes you only three minutes to complete. (Plus, you don't even have to leave your desk!)
If you work at a computer, good posture is important, but difficult to remember throughout the day. These three quick exercises help undo some of the effects of slouching at a computer for hours.
You can do the most amazing warm-up, flexibility and mobility routines, but you still spend a ton more time not doing those things, which could literally be a pain in the neck. Whether you're sitting, standing or lying on your side, Adam Bornstein of Born Fitness shares some tips to quickly right your posture.
Your calves and ankles are under-appreciated muscles that work hard to keep your body steady and balanced while you're standing, walking or running. You might already be stretching your calves, but GMB shows you how to do them properly.
Video: You and I probably spend too much time sitting. Excessive sitting makes our hips very tight, which in turn, can affect our posture and make it harder to perform our best or move freely in general. If you have to sit for work, try a few of these hip stretches daily to keep that important joint healthy.