You are bound to be spending a lot of time in lines this season, between grocery shopping and gift shopping. You can spend that time checking your smartphone or the gossip magazines, or you can use that time to your advantage to give your body a healthy boost.
While you wait, you can relieve stress and tension, relax and stretch tight muscles, and avoid back and neck pain. These exercises can be done while standing in line, and while they may look a little odd to others, they are sure to make you feel great.
You can pull this exercise off without anyone noticing, and balance training is a great way to strengthen the ankles and ease ankle pain. Balancing on one leg helps the ankle, the muscles around the knee, the hip, and the lower back.
All you have to do is stand tall with your hands on your hips. Then raise your right leg straight in front of you at a low level, then lower the leg down. Repeat for 10 reps and then switch sides.
It can be hard to squeeze in time to practice deep breathing, which makes standing in line the perfect time.
Practicing slow and deep breathing helps combat stress and anxiety, improves your focus and concentration, and can even improve your mood. Deep breathing allows our diaphragm to stretch out more and for our body to intake more oxygen. To breathe deeply, just inhale through your nose for three full seconds, allowing your stomach to expand with air. Then hold your breath for four seconds and finally exhale slowly through your mouth for six seconds. Repeat this for about 10 times several times throughout the day.
A long day of shopping and standing can leave the base of your neck aching. This stretch is easy to do in line, though don’t be surprised if people look at you. Place your right arm at the small of your back and then place your left hand over your head so that your fingertips are on your skull above your right ear. Gently pull your head to the left side and hold the stretch for 20 seconds. Repeat on the other side. This should be a gentle stretch, so do not overstretch your neck or cause it to crack.
These three stretches will help you avoid common shopping and stress-related pains of the holidays. Remember to stop by The Joint when you are out and about for a much needed wellness adjustment – no appointment necessary!
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