WORKING OUT-IN

                      STRETCHES

TIP:  Warm-up before stretching. 

Did you know your body sends out natural painkillers when you stretch? To protect your tissues, you need to fill them with blood which then raises your cardiac pulse. The only way to do this is by working out.

 Stretch Your Neck

  • Tilt your head to the left, with your ear to the shoulder.  Lift head back to center.
  • Tilt your head to the right, with ear toward shoulder, and back to the center.
  • Tilt your head forward, chin down center
  • Tilt your head back, center.

Note:  Be sure that while your head is tilted back, you keep your jaw relaxed and even let your mouth fall open just a bit.

Stretch Your Shoulders

  • Put your arm on your chest.  Grab your forearm with the opposite arm.
  • Pull your arm until you feel your shoulder being stretched.
  • Push the arm you are stretching the opposite way in order to contract the muscle if you feel that your chest is stretching instead of your shoulder.

Stretch Your Triceps

  • Reach up with your right arm.  Bend your right elbow and put your forearm down behind your head and between your shoulder blades.
  • Reach up and grab your right elbow with your left hand.
  • Pull your elbow toward your head.
  • Repeat with the left arm.

Stretch Your Scapula

  • Extend your arms in front of you.
  • Join both hands together and cross fingers.
  • Push your arms further and try to push your scapula in opposite directions.

Stretch Your Wrist

  • Extend your arms in front of you.
  • With your opposite hand, grab hand and bend at the wrist.
  • Repeat with other hand.

 

Easy as pie!  Right?

Next edition….lower body stretches.  Stay tuned!

 

 

 

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