Why is it that certain body parts receive so much more attention than others?
Take bottoms for example, they’re a pretty popular topic to talk about; entire workouts have been developed to increase the perkiness of the average bum; millions of marketing dollars have been spent (and made) in promoting a toned toosh; heck, Kim Kardashian even built an empire of the back of her backside.
Breasts also garner much discussion (and criticism, and ogling), but are they really more special than, say, an ankle? Sure, breasts have certain functions, but ankles are the reason that you can move, dance, and prance around in your favorite slippers. Why aren’t more people praising a great pair of ankles?
Another essential — yet slighted — part of your anatomy is your neck. Not only does your neck support the weight of your head, it also protects the blood vessels and nerves that keep you alive and mentally functioning. As for quality of life, your neck houses the thyroid gland (regulates hormones and metabolism), the larynx (responsible for speech), and helps with reverse parking (by swiveling your head)…among other things.
So I’d like to throw out a wildcard suggestion and ask if, this week, we could all take some time away from worrying about our thighs, to appreciate the importance, and evaluate the health, of our necks.
I bring this up as I’ve recently noticed a change in how my neck looks and feels, presumably from more time spent on a computer. A quick visit to the chiropractor confirmed my suspicion — I was getting tech-neck.
Apparently, I’m not alone.
The doc had recently seen a string of young patients (18 – early 20s) whose necks resembled those of a 50-year-old who had spent 30 years in an office job. Too much time craning towards a screen meant that these youngster’s necks had lost their natural curve, reduced their range of motion when turning the head from side-to-side, and humps were forming at their upper backs. That’s a bummer of a diagnosis for thinking they only had a tension headache.
Fortunately, awareness is the first step of change. And now that you’re aware of your neck’s needs you can start to meet them. To help you do that, today’s Healthy Living Made Easy post covers exercises for improving neck posture and reducing neck pain. These movements will reduce your likelihood of experiencing tension headaches, reverse rounded shoulder syndrome, and help you maintain that sexy cervical curve that we’ve all come to know and love.
Press play on today’s video: Simple Exercises For Improving Neck Posture
To Recap What We Talked About
- Do these exercises in the evening, every evening, to improve your neck’s posture.
- Less is more when it comes to stretching and strengthening the neck; stick with the repetitions and time that I’ve demonstrated in the video.
- Misalignment of the neck can lead to tension headaches, muscle knots, disc compression, and impact respiratory function.
- Change takes time. In the words of Pantene, it won’t happen overnight, but it will happen.
Now I’d love to hear from you
This is a two-parter:
- Are you committed to improving your neck posture with these simple exercises?
- What’s your favorite (underrated) body part?
Let me know by leaving a comment below!