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So you’ve set up an ergonomically sound home office, and you’re feeling good about your physical environment. You’re taking advantage of opportunities to move around, playing with the dog, and remembering to take breaks. All of this has helped make working from home feel easier, but your neck still hurts at the end of the day.
Co-founder @ Pixel Together
Thursday 28th October 2021
'It doesn’t really matter what we do, as long as we get people’s heads and necks a bit stronger'
Image Credit: Kelly Sikkema
'If you are physically active but still have niggling pain, consider how much weight you are bearing when you work out, and think about switching to a combination of gentler exercise and increased incidental activity across the week'
When seeing a new client, Matthews walks them through their weekly routine, looking at their weekly loading.
“When I talk about loading, I mean, what a person probably does over a week that reflects physical exercise, and what they consider exercise,” he says. He then scopes out a rough idea of a client’s goals, and their restrictions and their limitations.
“From there, it’s about starting to begin changing their habits away from an unhealthy situation towards a healthy one,” Matthews says.
Though we’re used to considering working out as a net good, the shift from gym to home exercise has been at the root of some of the muscle pain Matthews has encountered during the pandemic. Home-based workouts often use a person’s entire body weight for resistance, he says, whereas gym equipment allows us to vary weight-bearing exercises in response to strength, soreness, or injury.
If you are physically active but still have niggling pain, consider how much weight you are bearing when you work out, and think about switching to a combination of gentler exercise and increased incidental activity across the week.
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