Daily Challenge Monday Nov. 08, 2010

Everyday Well-Being

Roll, roll, roll your shoulders gently 5 times.

How to do it

Today, do five shoulder rolls -- forwards and in reverse. Before you do this exercise, sit up straight (straighten your back and slightly lift your chin), relax your shoulders, and take a deep breath. Inhale as you slowly stretch your shoulders back and then lift them up toward your ears. Hold this position for about three to five seconds while breathing easily. Then, slowly roll your shoulders forward and allow them to relax downward into normal position. Repeat five times in both directions. Discontinue immediately if you feel any pain or discomfort and consult your healthcare professional.

Why it matters

The shoulder roll is a simple exercise with big benefits. It's particularly good to do if you sit in front of a computer or at a desk for long periods of time. Rolling your shoulders releases muscle tension in your neck, back, and throat and in the shoulders themselves. This in turn helps prevent muscle strain and stiffness. Shoulder rolls also increase range of motion in your shoulders and upper back, and can improve your posture and balance.

Fun fact

To give someone "the cold shoulder" is to snub them. People say that during the Middle Ages, unwanted guests were given cold shoulder of beef or mutton (instead of hot food) until they finally left.


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