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Keeping fit indoors

If it's just too cold outside to go for a stroll, you can keep your fitness levels up with these gentle indoor exercises suggested by Harriet Griffey

Taking exercise, even if it is indoors, can help to keep us fit and well during the winter months, and often it is on the shoulders that a lot of tension and stress will rest, even if pain and discomfort is played out somewhere else in the bosy, perhaps in the arms or neck.

All parts of the body are linked- some more closely than otheres.

he shoulders and uper back link to the neck, the arms and the lower back, so keeping them strong will also support you elsewhere.

There are some very powerful, but often underused, muscles in the upper back, too, and these shouldn't be forgotten. The trapezius muscle, for example, sits either side of the spine and runs from the middle of the back, over the shoulder and up into the neck.

Tucked under the trapezius attached to the shoulder blade, are the rhomboid muscles, which with a veriety of other muscles all work towards supporting that heavy hea.

We make huge demands on them every day, and it's easy to see that if they are weak or stiff, they can't do the job got which they were designed and will let you know this through the discomfort and pain experienced.

It really helps to pay atention tothese powerful, underappreciated muscles.

All of the following exercises can be done either standing or sitting, but make sure that for each one your bosy is in good alignment: shoulders relaxed and down, neck long and chin tucked in, abdominal muscles engaged, and feet flat on the floor.

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