Here are some simple stretches for your upper body that are easy to incorporate into your daily routine:
- Shoulder Shrug: Sit straight up with your shoulders relaxed. As you inhale, squeeze your shoulders up toward your ears. Hold this position for several seconds. As you exhale, relax your shoulders. Repeat this 5-10 times.
- Neck Stretch: Sit straight and let your head drop forward, tucking your chin to your chest. Relax for a few seconds, then lift your head back to center. Next, let your head drop to the left by bringing your ear toward your left shoulder. Try not to let your shoulder rise up toward your ear. You will feel the stretch on the opposite side of your neck. Only go as far as is comfortable, don’t force the stretch. Hold this pose for a few seconds, then do the right side. Repeat this sequence 5 times or so.
- Chest Stretch: Stand or sit up straight and put your hands on your lower back with your fingers pointing down. Your elbows will be pointing out towards the side. Keep your hands in position and slowly stretch your elbows backwards as far as they can go. Hold this stretch for several seconds and repeat a few times.
- Spine Stretch: Sit straight in a chair. Clasp your hands behind your head and slowly turn toward the right, exhaling as you turn. Only twist as far as you comfortable can without strain. Hold this for several seconds, then inhale as you return to your starting position. Repeat this stretch on the opposite side. Do this stretch 5 or so times.
Regular stretching will help you to feel great and avoid injuries, so make stretching a habit!