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With so many people working and studying from home, incidental exercise has dropped and people are spending long days hunched over laptops = sore backs, necks and shoulders. So what can you do about it?

  1. Get up and move – and set an alarm to help remind you. Every 20-30mins is ideal. You can go get a glass of water, stretch at your desk, water your plants, even take a call or meeting standing up.
  2. Sort out your desk space. You don’t need to go and buy and expensive desk, but if you can elevate your laptop and simply attach a new keyboard then your monitor will be at the right height and you can sit tall, looking straight ahead.
  3. Sleep is key! Anxiety about finances and home-schooling can create tension in the body as well as the mind. Getting a good night’s sleep (maybe even trying yoga or meditation) can help. Limit caffeine intake in the afternoon, turn off your screens (all of them) at least 60mins before bedtime and try to get up at a similar time each day.
  4. 3 Handy desk stretches: while sitting clasp your hands behind your head, elbows to the side and gently look up toward the ceiling, repeat a few times. Twist and look as far as you can over your left shoulder, placing your right hand on the outside of your left knee and your left hand on the back of the chair. Repeat on the other side. Finally stand up, use your right hand on your desk for support and use your left to grab your left foot and pull it in towards your bum.

As always if pain continues and worsens you should consult a professional!

 
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