Here are a series of eighteen flexibility exercises or ‘stretches’. Spend at least 5 minutes every day doing stretching exercises. Vary the ones you do.
Spend 5 minutes every day doing stretching exercises!
Extend your arms above your head, and intertwine your fingers, your palms facing upward. Stretch your arms upwards and feel the stretch in your outer arms, your shoulders and your ribs.
Extend your arms in front of you and intertwine your fingers, palms facing forward. Push forwards and feel the stretch in your arms and shoulders.
Raise your shoulders towards your ears, as if you were shrugging. Feel the stretch in your neck and shoulders.
Put your arms behind you and intertwine your fingers. Lift your arms up behind you. Feel the stretch in your top arms, chest and shoulders.
Lean your head to one side and at the same time lower your shoulder. Feel the stretch in your neck and shoulder. Repeat the stretch on the other side, slowly and carefully.
With your feet apart and your knees not locked, put your left arm behind your head and grasp your left elbow with your right hand. Bend your body to the right until you feel resistance. Feel the stretch on the back of your upper arm and down the left side of your trunk. Repeat the stretch on the other side, this time grasping your right elbow with your left hand.
With your legs slightly apart, knees slightly bent, your feet pointing forward and your hands on your hips, rotate your hips to the right and look over your right shoulder. Feel the stretch in your lower back and hips. Repeat on the left side. Do two or three repetitions of this stretch.