The workout that nips neck pain in the bud
Jason Lee for Reader's Digest
If you spend much time hunched over a computer, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced pain in the trapezius—the muscle that extends from the back of your head, across your shoulders, and down your back. Research offers a simple, effective remedy: five exercises that cut pain by more than 50 percent among women with tight neck and shoulder muscles. These are sneaky reasons your neck suddenly hurts. The workout: For each move, perform three sets of 12 repetitions, gradually increasing the weight as you get stronger.
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Stand with a 15- to 25-pound weight in each hand, arms at sides. Lift shoulders up toward ears and lower slowly.