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Stretch It: Upper Back and Shoulder Stretch

After all those push-ups and side-arm raises you do, I'm sure your shoulders and upper body could use a nice stretch. This one is really easy to do, and it targets your upper back instantly. All you need is a sturdy chair with four legs. If you're at work or sitting just on the couch, why not give this a try?

To find out how to do this stretch


  • Sit on the very edge of a chair. Separate your feet so your knees are a little wider than your shoulders.
  • Lean your torso forward and bring your arms inside your legs. Wrap your hands around your calves and try to reach your fingertips in front of your ankles.
  • Use your hands to gently pull the torso though your legs to open your shoulders and stretch your upper back.
  • Hold there for 30 seconds then lift your torso up to a seated position.
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alliep627 alliep627 8 years
THANK YOU!!!!!! Thank you for posting this stretch! I desperately needed this stretch as all the tensions/stresses that I feel permanently reside in my neck and upper back. It's a daily struggle for me and while I do lift some, everything else that I should be doing I just need some good, easy, relaxing stretches and it's hard to stretch that area out. :)
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