Archive for December, 2012

Pain in the Neck

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Ever have a pain in the neck?  What about your shoulders?  Are you one of those folks that sit at a desk all day in front of a computer and are sometimes so busy that you never get up?  Well I am!  So here I am with a pain in the neck.  My shoulders hurt, my neck hurts, my back hurts and I need some kind of relief.  I work at a large software company by trade and my two wide screen computer monitors are my best friends all day.  I get so involved with work that I forget to get up and walk around.  I slouch half the time and by the end of the day I am in pain.  Does this sound like you?

The problem does not get better when I get home.  I have a 3 month old baby so I have to tend to him in the evening.  My back and neck pain is now different.  It is now moving down as I hold him in the evenings.  I’m sure the parents out there understand.  Holding a baby is no easy task especially as he gains weight with age.  What do we do about this?

It’s all about exercise!  We have to take care of ourselves.  We have to exercise.  As you know by now from reading my blog I am a huge fan of Beachbody workouts and I love helping people reach their own fitness and health goals.  I need to take care of myself too though and getting exercise helps me relieve the pain I feel in my neck and shoulders after a day of work.  I am not  a doctor and am now way endorsing a specific exercise for you, I’m just telling you what works for me.  I think that working out is a great way to relieve stress and get rid of neck and shoulder pain.

Yoga is fantastic.  P90X and P90X2 come with a great yoga workout.  This is a wonderful way to stretch everything out and feel great.  This workout is wonderful and has some great moves that help you stretch your muscles in your entire body and help you feel fantastic.  Also, make sure your posture is good.  I often notice that I am not sitting straight up or standing with a good posture.  This is very important.  Make sure you sit upright and do not slouch, this will help a lot.  The same applies when standing, stand up straight.  You don’t want that hunchback when you are older, right?

Bottom line, stand and sit up straight, stretch, and most importantly, do your exercises.  If you need help picking a great exercise program let me know.  I’d be happy to help you pick out a great one and put you in a group with other folks doing the same workouts you are.  For free fitness coaching go here.  I would love to hear from you.  Check out the Beachbody Challenge here and get rid of the pain and get fit and healthy for the new year.