Your eyes work hard every day. In fact, they’re working every minute of every day that you’re awake. And did you know that your eye muscles are the most active in your body? It’s true. However, your eye muscles can get tired just like any other muscle in your body too. Try these six best eye exercises to help improve your eyesight, plus reduce headaches, eye strain, and your risk of glaucoma.
Easy Eye Exercise #1: Blinking
Start by sitting comfortably with your eyes open. Blink rapidly 10 ̶ 15 times. Then close your eyes and relax for 20 seconds. Repeat this exercise 4 ̶ 5 times.
Easy Eye Exercise #2: Palming
Again, start seated and relaxed. If your hands are not warm, rub them together vigorously. Gently place your palms over your eyes and allow the heat to transfer onto your eyelids. Take deep breaths, feel your muscles relax, and rest for a moment in the darkness. Doing this will reduce stimuli to both your eyes and brain. Once your eyes have absorbed the heat, repeat 2 ̶ 3 times.
Easy Eye Exercise #3: Shifting
Shifting is a great way to exercise your eye muscles. From a comfortable, seated position, look all the way toward the right corner of your eyes, then slowly move your eyes all the way to the left corner. Your tiny eye muscles will become more active and healthier with the extra pumped blood required for the shifting.
Easy Eye Exercise #4: Zooming
Zooming is more about exercising your focus than your muscles. While sitting in a chair, stretch your arm in front of you with your thumb up. Slowly bring your arm closer to your body while focusing on your thumb the entire time. Then slowly zoom out again while remaining focused on your thumb. Repeat this exercise 3 ̶ 4 times. You can do the same exercise holding a pencil, if you prefer. This exercise will help strengthen the muscles in your eyes and help maintain your current vision level.
Easy Eye Exercise #5: Figure Eights
Sit with your legs straight in front of your body. Place your right hand on your right knee. Hold your left fist above your left knee with a straight elbow and your thumb pointing up. With your head still, focus on your thumb while drawing a figure eight with the thumb. Keep your elbow straight the whole time. Repeat this exercise five times, moving both clockwise and counterclockwise with your thumb. Then switch hands and repeat this exercise with the other thumb.
You can also try this exercise by picking a spot on the floor in front of you and making a figure eight pattern with your eyes. This is a great exercise to practice controlling the physical movement of your eyes.
Easy Eye Exercise #6: The 20/20/20 Rule
This easy exercise has become more necessary in recent years to help alleviate eye strain from computers, laptops, tablets, phones, and television screens. Give your eyes a break from staring at an electronic device every 20 minutes. Simply focus on an object about 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Then you can return to your activity and do it again in 20 minutes.
Performing these exercises on a regular basis will help reduce eye strain and help improve your eyesight as well.
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