Neck pain is one of the most common types of pain, especially for those who work for long hours on their desk or computer. If you spend long hours working or studying, then you are not alone in having a stiff neck.
What are the Benefits of Neck Stretching Exercises?
Neck stretching exercises can help you:
- strengthen and limber the muscles in your neck
- make your neck flexible
Which are the best Neck Stretching Exercises?
So, to release a stiff neck, try these neck stretching exercises, which are often the starting point of a full body workout routine. In fact, most of Nuyu gym classes start with stretching exercises, such as yoga and pilates. You should try them!
1- Forward and Backward Tilt
We’ve all done this basic exercise at one point of our lives. You can do it while you’re seated or standing up on your feet. Don’t forget to keep your moves slow and smooth!
2- Left and Right Side Neck Tilt
We at Nuyu gym advise you to do this exercise while standing, with your feet hip-width apart and arms down by your sides. For extra stretch, put the hand on the same side of your tilted head on top of your head, and press lightly with your fingertips. This will give you the edge you need.
3- Side Neck Rotation
This one might be a bit tricky. Slowly turn your head to the right until you feel a stretch in the side of your neck and shoulder. Hold the stretch for 15-30 seconds, and then slowly turn your head forward again.
4- The Neck-Shoulder Roll
This classical exercise, part of the full body workout routine, is best done standing up. Simply roll your head above your shoulders the same way you would roll a ball from right to left. And that’s it!
Note: It is natural to feel some tension in your neck muscles when you perform neck stretching exercises. But you shouldn’t have pain. If you do, the experts at Nuyu gym advise you to talk to your doctor.