(HealthDay) – Flexibility in the upper body is important for many everyday activities that you take for granted, such as twisting and turning while pulling out of a parking space. Try these three stretches to help keep your upper body agile. They do not require any special equipment and may even be made in your office.
Neck Stretch: Make it easy to stretch standing or sitting on a chair. Slowly turn your head to the left until you feel a slight tug. Make sure the position is comfortable, but do not tilt your head forward or back. Hold for 10 to 30 seconds, return to center and repeat to the right, holding again for 10 to 30 seconds. Repeat the complete movement three times.
Shoulder and Arm Stretch: Then grab a small towel. Raise your right arm over your head, holding the towel so that it falls into the center of your back. Take the other end of the towel with your left hand and slowly pull until you feel a slight stretch. Hold for 10 to 30 seconds. Repeat three to five times, then change hands and repeat.
Wall Walk: "Walking" through a wall with his hands stretches his chest. Stand facing a wall with your legs and arms shoulder-width apart. Keeping your back straight, raise your hands up to the wall until they are above the level of your head. Hold your arms for 10-30 seconds, then slowly lower them. Repeat three to five times.
Whenever you stretch, remember these pointers: never jump. This can cause muscles to tighten and lead to injuries. Facilitate each stretch with slow and steady movements. And stretch only when the body is hot – after a workout is perfect, but to do it at work, take a three-minute walk first.
Stretch to strengthen your core
The American Council on Exercise has more stretching exercises that can be done anywhere, including on your desk.
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Make-anywhere upper body extends (2019, April 19)
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