Shoulder Stretching Exercises

Shoulder Stretching Exercises
Outdoor activities can put great strain on the shoulders, just as many other sports or forms of hard work do. The swing of cutting firewood is hard on the shoulder, while sports like climbing and water skiing can wrench the shoulder joint and muscles. A good knowledge of shoulder stretches is both a wise precaution against injuries as well as a way to relieve general tension and fatigue.

Shoulder Rolls

This stretch is recommended by Yoga Journal as part of a regimen of stretches that can be performed at your desk. Sit up in your chair, inhaling and raising your right shoulder toward your ear. Rotate the shoulder toward your back and down as you exhale. Switch to your left shoulder and repeat the stretch, alternating back and forth for a total of four times for each side. Next, raise both shoulders toward your ears while inhaling, and then relax. Repeat that movement five times.

Anterior Shoulder Stretch

This stretch focuses on the deltoid, or the muscle on the front of the shoulder. Keep your right arm straight and fold it back across your chest, so your fingers point to the left. Bring your left arm up so you can clink your right arm inside the crook of your left elbow. Pull your right arm back with your left arm and without twisting your torso. Hold this position for 15 to 20 seconds, then do the other arm. Repeat three times on each side.

Strap Stretching

This is another yoga-inspired stretch. From a seated position, either in a chair or on the floor sitting Indian-style, extend your arms out straight in front of you. Hold a strap or towel in both hands, with your hands shoulder-width apart. Raise the strap above and behind your head while inhaling, keeping your arms straight, as far as you can reach. Then relax and slowly exhale. Repeat three or four times.

Hands Behind the Back

Place your hands behind your back and interlace your fingers together, palms facing outward. Life your hands upwards as far as you can while keeping your fingers interlaced, and hold that position for 15 to 20 seconds. Repeat three or four times.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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