End neck and shoulder pain with this easy trick
If your job is a pain in the neck you're not alone. Desk jobs, especially jobs that involve sitting and staring at a computer screen all day, are a perfect recipe for recurring shoulder and neck pain.
But you can fix it today without quitting your job -- and you don't need to visit a doctor, join a gym, or even leave your desk to give your shoulder and neck pain the support they need.
All you need is a small dumbbell, kept right there at your desk -- because a new study out of Denmark finds that lifting even small weights can help chase away the shoulder and neck pain.
You don't need much weight, either. Start with just 0.8 pounds a day and increase it to 1.3 pounds, or roughly the weight of a bottle of soda. You can even use a bottle of soda, if that's all you have handy right now (just don't actually drink the stuff).
Those were the amounts of weight used in the new study, and office workers who lifted even that much for 20 minutes a day, three times a week, saw their pain levels plunge by 61 percent. For those who pumped that tiny bit of iron (or soda) for an hour at a time just once a week, pain levels fell by 47 percent.
Just remember that this may be great for giving your shoulder and neck pain some support... but lifting a small weight at your desk won't be enough to improve or maintain overall fitness -- and it certainly won't be enough to reverse the devastating effects of the sedentary office worker lifestyle, so be sure to get up and get moving throughout the day.
And while you're at it, take up a regular exercise routine outside of work -- whether it's a little time in the gym, a sport like running or tennis, or just an active hobby.
As a bonus, overall fitness will also help keep back and neck pain away. And even better, it could help to you to stay healthy overall and live longer, too.