Life’s a tricky game – by 5pm each evening you’ve most likely run for your train (late again, are we?), lugged your slightly-too-heavy bag halfway across the city and back, played several games of animated ping-pong on your phone and – whisper it – done some actual work on your laptop. Phew.
After a long day living the dream and working hard for the money, it’s easy for aches and pains to mount up. But it’s actually quite hard to know where they’ve come from most of the time. Unless you’re a gym-bod who’s pulled a muscle trying to deadlift your own bodyweight, or a runner who’s recently completed a marathon, twinges and pains can come from everyday movements. Here’s some things you probably do every day that can result in discomfort – and the ways you can soothe them.
Looking at your phone
Enough with the Facebook videos. After letting auto-play take you from cats cuddling baby ducklings to a man who flipped off his two-story roof into a pool, your body is bound to feel the strain of that downwards glance.
Looking at your screen for long periods of time can often cause your neck to cramp, and it’s no wonder when you consider that the action is the same as placing 26 kilograms on the back of your neck – the equivalent of four bowling balls.
Scrolling through your phone
Your mobile device is liable to put strain on other body parts, too. For example, if you’ve ever wiled away the minutes scrolling through Instagram, you’ll likely know that those extra thumb movements can be just as harmful as watching one Facebook video after another.
On average, adults spend three hours a day on their phones, from clicking through apps to playing games. All this activity can result in text thumb, which causes painful swelling and aches.
Easy ways to soothe this pain without entirely giving up your phone include periodic rests and stretches. Try balling your hand into a fist before extending your fingers. Or, use your opposite hand to grab your thumb and gently pull it back for 30 seconds (stress on “gently” – don’t hurt yourself trying to stop the pain).
Carrying a bag
It’s no secret that half the items in your bag are flat-out useless. Are you ever actually going to finish that 800-page epic novel that’s been sitting at the bottom for 2 months and counting? Have you ever worn that lipstick colour in your life? And why – why- do you still carry around that colossal desk diary?
Most women (92 percent, in fact) carry more than 10 items they never use. All that baggage can take a toll on your shoulder. Don’t carry a handbag? A backpack can cause just as much harm.
Buy a smaller bag to reduce your clutter and the weight on your shoulders, both figuratively and literally. Plus, it’s an excuse to buy a new purse. If you’re not looking to invest in a new tote, get down into the classic child’s pose stretch. Or do a cross-body stretch: holding one arm above the elbow, pull it across your body, toward your chest, and hold before repeating with the other arm.
Picking things up off the ground
Twisting your back while lifting your kids’ items from the floor again and again can harm your lower back. Whether it’s their heavy boots in the doorway, their backpacks in the living room, or their scooters in the driveway, the responsibility to put them away often falls to you. And though you’re a good parent, you shouldn’t have to suffer for it.
You can practice lifting items properly to help with this. Squat down by only bending at your hips and knees. Keep your back straight while carrying things and move slowly, holding items close to your body at the height of your waist.
Standing on your own two feet
Maybe you have a job that requires you to constantly stand on your feet, or perhaps you’ve had a long day out on the town, walking the streets shopping and touring your city. No matter the reason, your feet will be worse for wear if your shoes are sub-par.
Even if you haven’t spent the day in heels, any unsupportive footwear can leave you in discomfort. Flip flops or ballet flats often don’t provide adequate support for your feet. Long-term, this could cause more damage than your favourite pair of heels and cause foot pain.
Rather than recruiting your best friend or significant other for a foot massage (they don’t love you that much), search for a new pair of kicks with proper arch support. But no online shopping. Before you buy them, make sure to try them on and get the right size; too small or too big and your splurge will be for nothing.
So now that you know how easy it is to cause your own body discomfort, what can you do next if you need a supplement to stretching? Well, you might turn to Deep Freeze Pain Relief Glide-on Gel to help soothe your sharp, shooting muscle and joint pain.
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