Our pecs and back take a beating throughout the week. From simple actions, like sitting at a desk to more hardcore activities such as mountain biking and surfing, these body parts engage, enable and then tighten up with ease. Anyone who's ever had bodywork on their pecs knows exactly what I mean (ouch!). And if you can relate, then it's really important that you check out Jenny's latest Quick Tip exercise for your pecs and upper back. Not only is it important to stretch these body parts for simple bodily health and flexibility, but doing so will make it so that your therapist doesn't have to dig so deep to loosen up those pesky pec muscles! And that's something I'm sure we will all appreciate.
Who needs this exercise?
People working at desks, on the computer or those whose work or activities require them to hunch over, such as artists, chefs, surfers or cyclists.
For the best results:
- Lay the foam roller on ground and sit right at its edge.
- Lie down so that the length of your spine and your head are resting on the foam roller.
- Use your feet to help support you by placing them flat on the ground.
- Bring your hands up straight above your torso and then let them slowly fall to either side of your body. At this point, your arms should be at 90* angles. Some of you will be able to touch the ground with your arms. Don't push it if you cannot.
- With your arms on either side of your body, move your arms down toward your hips and then up above your head, in a snow-angel motion (do this 10 times).
- For the second stretch, straighten your arms above your torso again and alternate reaching each arm toward the sky (10 times for each arm).
- Finally, bring both your arms behind you, straight above your head and alternate each arm reaching straight above your head (10 times on each arm).
- Don't forget to breathe.
Note: If you feel pain and/or numbness during the exercise, discontinue until checking with a professional.