Stretches for Maintaining Flexibility

Stretches for Maintaining Flexibility

Stretches for Maintaining Flexibility

Here are seven stretches that can help improve and maintain flexibility in your neck, shoulders and back.
Triceps Stretch



 

 

This stretch can be done standing or seated. Bending your right elbow, reach your hand behind your
back. With your left hand, gently hold your right elbow to stretch for three to five seconds. Switch arms
and repeat.

Seated Shoulder Squeeze

Sitting in a chair or cross-legged on the floor, clasp your hands together behind your lower back and
straighten your back to bring your shoulder blades together. Hold the pose for three to five seconds and
then release.

Forward Fold

A popular yoga move, this gives your back and neck a good stretch. Standing with your feet hip-distance
apart, you can interlace your hands behind your back or grab opposite elbows to fold forward. Once
forward, relax your head, breathe, and hold for three seconds before standing upright.

Shoulder Rolls

Another stretch that can be done standing or sitting down is to relax your arms by your sides and simply
roll your shoulders forward and back.

Head Rolls

Pointing your chin toward your chest, slowly roll your head to the right until your chin returns to your
chest. Repeat three times and then switch directions. Additionally, you can pause in the middle of your
movements, and hold your head to the right with your right hand, and to the left with your left hand.

Side Bends

Standing up straight with your feet hip-distance apart, raise your arms above your head, clasp your
hands and bend your torso to the right. This activates your left obliques and gives your triceps a stretch,
too. Hold for three to five seconds, and then lean to the left side to stretch your right side.

Figure Eights

This is a great stretch that can be done in between sessions. Standing up, interlace your hands in front of
you, and create figure-eight motions from your wrists. Do this for 15 seconds and then change
directions.

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