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5 Things to Do When You're Stuck in Traffic
By Sean Lim (NASM CPT)
We know that sitting isn't the best for us who want to be healthy. Ironically, we're the generation that is the most sedentary. We ascend with escalators and elevators. We commute cars and bikes. We do our best to park as close as we can to our dinner place. What's worse is that we adopt bad habits when sitting AND standing; rounded shoulders, hunched backs, forward heads, the list goes on! To make it worse, we get stuck in awful traffic jams especially for us living in the city (I'm looking at you LDP highway).

While working out in the gym is good (and it really IS if done correctly), here are some stretches you can do to reverse the effects of bad posture. Please do these stretches only if traffic is at a standstill - for your safety sake.

1. The HEAD PROTRACTION

Imitating the double chin tuck, look forward and make sure you're not tilting your head downwards. Hold this position for 5 seconds and repeat.

2. EAR TO SHOULDER STRETCH

With your head looking forward, reach your shoulder using your ear without using your shoulders to close the distance. Similar to the head protraction, hold at the bottom for 5 seconds and repeat with the other side.

3. ARMPIT SNIFFING

Don't worry! We're not going to force you into smelling your after-work armpits. This is a great stretch to unload your neck and shoulders. Look to the side and pull your head down as if you would want to sniff your armpit. Hold for 5 seconds and repeat.

4. SHOULDER STRETCH

Place your left arm across your body and using your right arm, push your left arm towards your body. Hold for 5 seconds and repeat.

5. WRIST ROTATION

Extend arms straight in front of shoulder, rotate both wrists by making circle inward and outward.
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