It takes a certain level of muscular activity to carry out a task. Unnecessary and extra muscle activity used to carry out that task is TENSION.
Typing is a great example.
To type, I need to raise my forearms and hands, rest my fingers on the keyboard, and move my fingers across the keys.
To type, do I need to hold my shoulders in up? No, of course I don’t.
But many people DO hold their shoulders up to type. Just look around an office. You’ll see people holding their shoulders up all over the place.
This is unnecessary muscular activity for the task, i.e. tension. And shoulder tension from using a computer is a very common complaint… no wonder!
If I’m typing I want to be upright and poised, yet relaxed, flexible and free to move my arms as I need to.
Actually, at all times, doing any activity, I want to be upright and poised, yet relaxed, flexible and free to move as I need to.
So what unnecessary muscular activity are YOU engaging in?
If you sit at a computer regularly, see if you can notice some unnecessary muscular activity when you type or use the mouse.
Could be holding your shoulders up, punching the computer keys harder than you need to, or something else…