Decades ago, Dr. James Levine coined the term "Sitting is the New Smoking." I was so thrilled to adopt his catchy mantra to help inspire people to stand up and stretch after 30-40 minutes of sitting. Then COVID-19 happened, which forced us into our homes for extended periods of time with no real self-care plan. Inspired by National Public Health Week (technically April 6 -12th) I was determined to inspire clients, family members and friends to keep moving, I invited my chiropractor to share some strategies for caring for ourselves while sheltering in place. Check out our short interview here:
In addition to the strategies listed in the video, I recommend stretching the pectoral (chest) muscles. Stretching improves posture, reduces pain and prevents disorders of the neck/arm/back. It increases energy, circulation and oxygenated blood flow to brain and
helps calm and clear the mind.
Once Simple Stretch for the Pectoral Muscles
Stand with the feet shoulder width apart and slightly bend the knees.
Tuck the tailbone under and gently pull the shoulders up, back and down. Relax the entire body.
Place the hands at the lower back and relax the shoulders down. Then pull elbows in towards each other as pictured below.
Take a slow deep breath and out.
During each inhale, attempt to lift the chest upward towards the nose.
During each exhale, attempt to pull the elbows in towards each other a little more.
Repeat this process for 3 breaths. Slowly work up to 9 breaths.