Why: The first step in alleviating an aching neck and back is to correct your posture, as that’s a major contributor to pain, notes Dr. Yoav Suprun, a physical therapist in Miami, Florida. Think about how you’re sitting at this very instant. Slouched? Thought so.
The move: Switch from a slouching posture into an overly-erect posture. Do this as soon as you notice your bad posture and repeat the motion about 15 to 20 times every few hours throughout the day. When you’re working, try to settle into a slightly more relaxed (but upright) position. In other words, if you’re going from zero to 100 percent during the exercises, settle at 90 percent the rest of the time.