Trainer Cori Lefkowith of Innovative Results in Costa Mesa, Calif., makes a funny motion when she approximates how we look in our offices, crouched over a computer keyboard.
The neck is hunched, the fingers curled into claws. It’s uncomfortable.
“We’re all seated at desks like this all day,” she says.
The Scapular Wall Hold, also known as the “bat wing,” can open things up.
For the start of the new year, we’ll keep it simple — and this exercise is as simple as it gets:
Stand with your back to a wall, with the heels just a couple inches away from the wall.
Bend the elbows so that they, not the back, are touching the wall.
Push the chest out.
“That’s it,” Lefkowith says. “It’s just pinching your shoulder blades down and back.”
The exercise works the lower part of the trapezius muscle, which extends from the upper neck until the middle spine, where it widens out.
“You’ll feel it low in your shoulder blades,” Lefkowith says. “It’s a good one to let the upper traps relax, because being hunched, we’re overactive up here. So we’re activating the bigger muscle group. It’s our lower traps we’re activating.”