Day 5: Shoulder and Arms Stretches

 

Standing up to stretch can improve circulation (especially in your feet and legs) and relieve the neck and back stiffness that comes from prolonged sitting. It’s important to get up regularly throughout the day!
 
Today's exercise comes from Stretching in the Office, a book dedicated to those who sit at a desk all day. The book contains stretches for all parts of the body, and reminds readers that stretching helps reduce muscle tension, reduce anxiety, strees, and fatigue, improve mental alertness, decrease the risk of injury, make your work easier, and just make you feel better all around.
 
Shoulders and Arms Stretch:
 
  1. Stand up straight with your knees slightly bent.
  2. Hold your left elbow with your right hand.
  3. Gently pull your elbow behind your head until an easy tension-stretch is felt in shoulder or back of your upper arm (triceps).
  4. Hold easy stretch 10 seconds.
  5. Don’t overstretch or hold breath.
  6. Repeat with other side.
 
Reprinted from Stretching in the Office.
 

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