Everyone knows that it is always best to stretch before a workout. However, simply bending over and touching your toes just doesn't cut it sometimes! There comes a time when you have to take emphasis on a certain area of the body, and the upper body is one of those places of importance! Below are six suggestions for a great upper body stretch!
1. Jumping Jacks
- Stand with your feet together ,arms down to your sides.
- Jump up, lifting your arms above your head and spreading your legs shoulder-width apart.
- Jump up again, but returning to the original position. Repeat.
2. Arm Circles
- Stand up straight, arms down by your sides.
- Lift one(or both) arm straight up and rotate either backwards or forward for about ten reps.
- Pause, then rotate in the opposite direction for about ten more reps.
3. Lateral Pillar Bridge
- Lie down on your side, held up by your forearm, and feet together.
- Lift your body up, supporting your weight with your forearm. Hold for about 30 seconds.
- Lower yourself back down and repeat a few more times. Then repeat the process on the opposite side of your body.
4. Pillar Bridge
- Lie on your stomach, toes pointed down, and forearms on the ground.
- Keeping a straight back, lift your body up, maintaining balance on your arms.
- Hold this position for a few seconds, then lower yourself back down to the ground. Repeat.
5. Quadruped Thoracic Rotation
- Get down on your knees, one palm facing flat on the ground, and the other palm on your neck.
- Rotate your torso upward, putting your weight on the palm that is on the ground.
- After holding for a few seconds, rotate towards your arm. Hold this position for a few seconds, and then repeat on the opposite side.
- Hinge forward slightly at the waist, back flat, arms dangling below you, and chest lifted.
- Raise your arms above your head to make the shape of a "Y." Hold for a fews seconds and drop your arms back down. Repeat.