Want to know a good neck exercise to do on a break? Or a neck exercise to help with your posture? Maybe you would like to know a simple neck exercise to maintain shoulder range of motions? All of these can be done with the arm swing up neck exercise.
This arm swing up neck exercise will work on various parts of your body. In the front, your chest muscles or pectoralis major and minor will be stretched. When you arms are raised up, you’ll be squeezing your shoulder blades together to strengthen the rhomboids. You will be keeping your chin aligned with your shoulders and that will prevent the forward head position. All of these positions will help with your posture to keep you upright.
This arm swing up should be an easy neck exercise to do to help relax your shoulder and neck muscles. You want to relax your shoulders by keeping your shoulders down when raising your arms. This will limit the upper trapezius muscle from bringing your shoulders up towards your ears. This neck exercise will also help reduce neck tension.
You can do this arm swing up neck exercise sitting or standing. Standing will be described here. You will have greater range of motion and feel the effects of the neck exercise better when standing. If you may lose balance, you can start off this arm swing up neck exercise sitting. Let’s begin!
- Feet shoulders width apart
- Knees slightly bent
- Stand up tall
- Chest up and towards the wall
- Relax your arms by your side
- Bring your chin back towards your shoulders
- Relax your jaw
- Look straight ahead
Arm Swing Up Neck Exercise:
- Breathe in
- Bring your palms together in front of you
- Raise your arms up towards the ceiling
- Keep your elbows straight
- If you can go past your ears great
- Breathe out
- Squeeze your shoulder blades together
- Hold for 10 seconds
- Lower your arms slowly back to start
- Repeat 10 times
There should be no pain or discomfort with this arm swing up neck exercise. The motion should be smooth, slow and controlled. You may feel different areas being stretched when your arms are at the top. You want to be sure you don’t lean forward while doing this neck exercise. Other neck exercises will be described at a later time.